‘Master Mason’ is the first image of the portfolio ‘The Mastercraftsman’, the first portfolio of the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, in August Sander’s major photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander conceived of his ambitious project, to record a representative typology of the German people, categorised by their estate, profession and surroundings, in the 1920’s. This portfolio concentrates on the representation of the traditional crafts, setting its subjects within their working context and surrounded by the tools of their trade. Here, the mason leans casually on the masonry tower to his left, his left leg extended diagonally into the room. The freshly assembled stacks both stabilise his contrapposto pose and frame him.