Peasant Woman, Westerwald
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August Sander
German, negative 1910-1914, print about 1930
Gelatin silver print
6 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.

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Sander often extracted tightly cropped head shots from full-length portraits, creating a standardized format to contemplate different human types. Images such as this one of a peasant woman are reminiscent of ethnological photographs frequently executed in the late nineteenth century. However, instead of documenting people from faraway places, Sander's pictures reveal the physical features of the "tribes" of his native Germany.