August Sander conceived his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ in the mid-1920s after establishing his career as a portrait photographer. His aim was to construct a typology of the German people categorized by estate, profession and living environment. The resulting work includes more than five hundred photographs, divided into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios. Although Sander continued working on the project until his death in 1964, the collection was never finalized. ‘Farm Girl’ almost certainly originated in the rural Westerwald region and may have been intended for inclusion in the group ‘The Farmer’, alongside such images as ‘Farmer’s Child’ (1919) or ‘Country Girls from the Westerwald’ (1927). Immaculately dressed, her hair in tidy braids, the little girl stands at the side of a country road holding a bouquet of wild flowers and grasses, the forest just visible in the distance behind her.