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’. He divided his project into seven groups and the series began with photographs of rural farmers in the Westerwald region, in a group he called ‘The Farmer’. Sander did not include his subjects’ names in this portfolio, instead he chose succinct titles. This three-quarter length portrait differs from the rest of the portfolio in its use of a traditional studio setting. It lacks the narrative background of outdoor and interior scenes, alluding instead to the traditional daguerreotype of the 19th century. The composition’s central elements of half-opened glasses and book, which occupy his hands, allude to studio photography.