After World War I, Sander undertook the monumental project of portraying all types and classes of German citizens, but his book, The Face of Our Time, could not be published under the Nazi regime. This photograph was intended as a representative image of the modern high school student. If it recalls the preening nonchalance of any senior in his yearbook portrait, that is testimony to Sander's remarkable ability to extract the typical from the specific.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil on mount, recto LR [below image]: "Aug. Sander / Cöln 1926"; blindstamp on print, recto LL: "AUG. SANDER // KöLN // LINDENTHAL"; printed on label affixed to mount, verso UL: "AUG. SANDER // LICHTBILDNER // CöLN - LINDENTHAL // DüRENERSTR. 201";
Gunther Sander (artist's son); Roberta Kimmel-Cohn (Kimmel/Cohn Photography Arts, NYC; Judy and Paul Corlett, NYC, 1977; Lee Marks Fine Art, NYC, 1982; John C. Waddell, December 9, 1982