For his ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ Sander’s approach was highly methodical and based on a quasi sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups: this photograph is from the third group, ‘The Woman’, and the 13th portfolio entitled ‘Woman and Man’. It shows the architect Hans Heinz Lüttgen and his wife Dora sitting in close proximity. His intense forward gaze dominates the image, set in tension between his slightly turned frontal pose and her profile; Dora looks into the distance beyond the picture frame. Sander photographed Hans and Dora in several poses in Cologne, using the resulting images in a variety of contexts, including the group’s 16th portfolio ‘The Elegant Woman’ in which Dora features as ‘Architect’s Wife’ (1926).