MoMA acquires works of German photographer August Sander

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Museum of Modern Art has obtained a complete set of August Sander’s photographic series “People of the Twentieth Century.”

It announced Friday that the 619 prints have been acquired from the Sander family.

The German photographer spent 60 years portraying his country’s society by profession and social class.

The series is divided into groups. They include “The Farmer,” The Skilled Tradesman,” ”The Woman,” ”Classes and Professions,” ”The Artists” and “The City.”

The seventh group, called “The Last People,” represents old age, sickness and death.

MoMA says it’s the only museum to hold one of the seven editions of the complete set printed from the artist’s glass-plate negatives.

The full set was publicly exhibited only once — at the 30th Sao Paulo Biennial in 2012.

Sander died in 1964.