TIME 100 Photos

John Green: The Photo That Influenced Me Most

To celebrate the launch of TIME’s new multimedia project – 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time – we asked leaders in a number of fields, from technology to the arts to business, to share the single photograph that most influenced their lives. Purchase the 100 Photographs book now.

This photograph is also known as “Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, August 1914.” These young German men are on their way to two dances, of course — the one they know about, and World War I. With their industrially produced clothes and fancy hats, the young farmers show us how European life had changed by the start of the 20th century — but their feet are still in the mud, and their heads are cut off by the horizon. Someone once told me that pictures are just light and time. Here, as elsewhere in his work, August Sander captured a hell of a time, and a hell of a light.

John Green is the best-selling author of Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars and other novels.

100influential_ad_book

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team