August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. Composed of over 500 images, Sander divided the opus into seven groups and over 45 portfolios according to the living environments, professions and estates of his subjects. The first group in the series is called ‘The Farmer’ and this iconic image appears in the sub-group, ‘The Young Farmer’. He travelled extensively through the Westerwald region. This photograph might therefore be the result of a casual encounter with the three farmers, dressed in their best clothes on their way to festivities of some sort. The man on the left, his hat tipped playfully back, smokes a cigarette and looks at the viewer over his shoulder, while his walking stick points towards his peers. The second holds his hand aloft, while the third man’s feet and stick are planted firmly next to each other.