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 ‘The Farmer’, which contains twelve portfolios; this image appears in the portfolio, ‘The Farmer’s Child and the Mother’. ‘People of the 20th Century’ intended to present the overarching social themes of early 20th century Germany. Though the project was never finished, it stands as a naturalist reflection of the lives of the rural and urban populations in their familial, social and professional context. In this image, a young farmer’s child opens a gate, meticulously dressed and coiffed, holding a small bouquet of flowers in her right hand. Her attention is on the photographer and the tension in her left hand suggests a dynamism that breaks into the stillness of the photograph.