In photographing the subjects of his ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander took a methodical approach consistent with his quasi-sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups. This photograph is from the portfolio entitled ‘Travelling People – Fair and Circus’ within the project’s sixth group, ‘The City’. It presents an example of Sander’s supreme skill in creating a striking composition. The strong horizontals and verticals of the slatted wooden caravan and its window are complimented by the girl’s arm bent at a right angle as she reaches out to open the door, which echoes the opening of the window above her head. Her arm also acts as a device in creating depth, extending from the space inside the caravan to its outer surface in the foreground, while darkness behind the girl’s head throws her features into striking relief.