August Sander included this self-portrait from 1925 in the portfolio entitled ‘Types and Figures of the City’ within his photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander has explained that the self-portrait stands at the beginning of his idea for his monumental work in which he aimed to document the social structures and professional classes in his native Germany at that time. ‘Types and Figures of the City’, from the group ‘The City’, comprises a portfolio of portraits loosely unified through their representation of figures who move on the fringes of society. The people depicted range from beggars and homeless people to artists and bohemians. By including his portrait in this portfolio Sander suggests that he considered himself to have something of their outsider status.