August Sander is considered to be the most important portrait photographer of the previous century.
At the age of 28, he opened his first photo shop and studio in Linz, Austria. In 1910, he moved to Cologne with his family.
One of his most influential projects is the photo series Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century), which is a project he worked on his entire life and made him famous. In the mid-1920’s, Sander began working on one of his first concepts. The band of works was organised into seven groups: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, The Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City, as well as The Last People. These impressive photos document the changes society was going through at that time. In 1929, a selection of 60 photographs was published in his book Antlitz der Zeit (Face of our Time). It was 16 years after Sander’s death that the whole photo series of Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts was published thanks to Sander’s son.
Those of you who are interested in learning more about photography will definitely come across some of Sander’s work. He didn’t only concentrate his efforts on portrait photography, but also on landscape, nature, industrial architecture, as well as urban photography.