August Sander took a methodological approach in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. He classified his photographs into seven groups and multiple sub-groups, reflecting the social structures and developments of his time. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘Travelling People – Gypsies and Transients’, representing people living on the fringes of urban life within the sixth group, ‘The City’. It presents an example of Sander’s social realist style of photography, through which he aimed to turn the viewer’s eye towards such concerns as poverty and social injustice and, as in this case, the issue of migration. The title of the picture indicates its subject’s Turkish origin and lowly occupation, while his blemished facial features and disillusioned expression evoke a life of hardship and suffering.