The Small-Town Dweller’ is a portfolio in the group ‘The Farmer’, one of seven groups of August Sander’s documentation of different ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander organised the work of over 500 images by the living environment, estate and profession of the subjects and in this portfolio sought to represent the familial and social experiences of the farmer. ‘The Small-Town Girl’ is included in the portfolio ‘The Small-Town Dweller’ and shows a young woman at her window, looking out, in contrapposto pose. Steadying herself on the window ledge, she opens the window with her left hand, inviting the viewer into her private sphere. The dark background frames her figure and the photograph boasts a wealth of textural detail such as the cracking paint on the wooden window frame, the rough wall, her lace collar and the curtains lit evenly by the sun. Her shy smile is an unusual feature in Sander’s photographic oeuvre and suggests an intimacy absent from his usual typologies.