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Arbeitslos

Artist:
August Sander (German, 1876–1964)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23 x 17 cm (9 1/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. Bequest, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.1232
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
This photograph is the final plate in "Antlitz der Zeit" ("Face of the Time"), Sander's typological study of German citizens. A poignant image of disempowerment, the picture reveals Sander's prescient understanding of the social and economic forces at work in the Weimar Republic. Taking Sander's sympathetic portrayal of Germans of all occupations and ethnicities as a serious threat, the Fascists destroyed the printing blocks and most copies of this book in 1934. This print of the whole negative, showing both the "last" man and his desolate corner, is the only one known to survive.
Inscription: Signed on mat, recto, bottom right, below image: "Aug. Sander // Koln 1928"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso, top left: "1.80.650"; inscribed in pencil on mat, verso, bottom left: "RMG#984.8"
Gerd Sander, New York; [Robert Miller Gallery, New York (1983)]; [Simon Lowinsky & Nancy Medwell]; Private Collection; [Simon Lowinsky Gallery, New York]

No other vintage print from this negative is known. Variant images of the same subject are held by MOMA and the Getty Museum.
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