Blind children (Blindenkinder)

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Blind children (Blindenkinder)


August Sander (German, 1876 - 1964)




Düren, Germany (Place Created)


about 1930


Gelatin silver print

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23.5 × 16.8 cm (9 1/4 × 6 5/8 in.)


© J. Paul Getty Trust

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These two young girls linked arms for their portrait, expressing their close relationship quite literally. While the girl on the left is more fashionably dressed and neat in appearance, her downcast eyes convey a sense of reluctance and shyness. In contrast, the girl on the right, while unkempt, appears more bold and confident. August Sander created an evocative and poignant image that clearly illustrates the girls' personalities and closeness through their posture, despite the fact that their sightless eyes do not meet the camera.

Sander made this picture at a home for the blind. He intended the portrait to be part of his comprehensive survey, "People of the Twentieth Century," which illustrated German archetypes such as tradespeople, farmers, and politicians. He categorized disabled people along with the ill and the insane as "The Last People."

1984 -

Gunther Sander, German, 1907 - 1987

August Sander: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (September 22 to October 30, 1988)
  • Stiftung Bahnhof Rolandseck, September 22 to October 30, 1988
August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933 (March 6 to June 24, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 6 to June 24, 2001
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
August Sander's People of the 20th Century (November 16, 2007 to September 14, 2008)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), November 16, 2007 to February 3, 2008
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 6 to September 14, 2008

August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 2.