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August Sander

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The penultimate section of August Sander's project People of the Twentieth Century will be showing at the Feroz Gallery from 23 October to 21 November. Encompassing 11 portfolios (resulting in a total of 134 images), The City forms the most extensive category of Sander's ambitious 'portrait atlas' of German society.

For this section, the photographer created images that illustrate moments of city life – alluding to everyday life and occasionally also to socio-political events, with a particular emphasis on capturing the archetypes that shaped urban society.  

Sander added the portfolios The Persecuted, Political Prisoners and Foreign Workers at a later date. The Persecuted predominantly contains passport photographs of emigrated Jews from the year of 1938, who chose or were forced to leave the country.

Sander's son Erich, who was held in Siegburg Prison for his left-wing political sympathies, created portraits of his fellow inmates, secretly sending the negatives to his father. Sander added some of these images to the portfolio Political Prisoners.
The six photographs in the portfolio Foreign Workers were taken between 1941 and 1945 in the Kuchhausen area, where August Sander relocated when he had to leave Cologne.

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