This photograph shows three men standing in the doorframe of a working building with straw scattered at their feet. Included in the portfolio ‘The Worker – His Life and Work’, the image belongs to the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’ in August Sander’s comprehensive collection ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander conceived of his ambition to compile a typology of the German people in the 1920s, continuing to add to and amend the collection of over 500 photographs until his death in 1964. In this portfolio Sander explored the social aspects of working life. Emerging from the darkness behind him, the central figure is the most striking; taller than his companions, he leans diagonally across the doorway, holding a pipe between his lips and squinting his eyes in the sunlight.