Exercise · Sander’s seven category system in context

A. Sanders and his seven category system (peoples of the 21st centrury)

In looking at this seven point system of Sanders it makes me think that in some ways the clarification is quite general and rather rigid. He tries to fit into a tight system in an organised way what is in fact only one dimension and way of identifying the people of his country and time. I suspect that there was a desire on his part to organise what he was perceiving by creating a narrative of order. However, when I look at the photos I don’t so much as see types as in a typology, but more an approach to looking at people by identifying them in their social and work oriented setting. This gives us a theme and something to identify with via the signifiers of work or social class making the pictures interesting.

Whereas Sanders was documenting and aiming to provide a sense of the social class structure of Germany at a time of social change,  as compared to Nelson’s work for example it seems that he is making a point of looking at customs and practices that are dying out or are threatened by impending social and economic change.

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I'm a student photographer studying through the OCA a UK based arts university. I'm in the foundation year of my studies and enjoying it immensely. I'm also a yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhiyoga a buddhism based yoga teacher training program that runs in the UK and Spain each year. As a photographer I'm interested in all forms of fine art. I find the arts really important in my life. I love nature and aim to be in the outdoors as much as I can. Generally I think that all the different strands of my life are flowing to towards self development in the greatest sense of the term. The arts, buddhist practice yoga and meditation are all tools to that end. I feel committed to communication the these values in the world both through the visual arts as well as teaching.

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