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 Young Farmer’. This photograph from 1927 depicts country girls from the Westerwald region standing on a meadow above a village. Carefully dressed, the girls stand shoulder to shoulder, the one on the left looking directly into the camera, while the other looks into the distance, giving the photograph an air of casual ease. The photograph is related to those included in the group ‘The Woman’, standing in direct opposition to the photographs of the portfolio ‘The Elegant Woman’, among them ‘Young Woman’ from 1929.