High School Student

Artist: August Sander (German, 1876–1964)

Date: 1926

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 28.1 x 17.7 cm (11 1/16 x 7 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.82

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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monumental project of portraying all types and classes of German citizens, but his book, The Face of Our Time, could not be published under the Nazi regime.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.