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 ‘The Farmer’, from which this image appears, began with photographs of rural farmers in the Westerwald region. This formal portrait of a farming couple with their three daughters shows them dressed in their best clothes before a wooded area of their property. The strong vertical emphasis created by their forms is mirrored by the tree trunks, which almost frame the group, and emphasize an autochthonic relationship between farmer and soil.