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August Sander photograph of the German painter Otto Dix and his wife Martha

MoMA Acquires Hundreds of Photos by August Sander

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired a full set of 619 photographic prints by photographer August Sander from his series “People of the Twentieth Century,” according to the New York Times’ Graham Bowley. The German portrait and documentary photographer, created this photographic compendium portraying his fellow citizens over the course of six decades.

“His ambition is nothing less than to use photography to describe the people of the twentieth century,” said Sarah Hermanson Meister, a MoMA photography curator who “described the collection as one of the most important works of twentieth-century photography in its ambition, scope, and influence,” as Bowley writes.

MoMA previously had about eighty photographs by Sander, but now it’ll be the only museum to hold one of the seven editions of the complete set printed from the artist’s glass-plate negatives.

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