August Sander’s monumental project ‘People of the 20th Century’ has been described as a work of cultural history and sociology executed in the medium of photography. Taking a methodological approach, Sander classified more than 500 photographs into seven groups that represent the social classes and types of modern German society. This portrait of the writer and theatre critic Theodor Haerten is included in portfolio ‘The Writer’ and the fifth group entitled ‘The Artists’. Sander placed Haerten before a plain white background to enable the details of his clothes, features and expression to stand out sharply. This objective tactic allowed the writer’s sensitivity to emerge in his awkward pose and the nervous gesture of clasping his hands on his lap.