This portrait of a fraternity student is the first in the portfolio entitled ‘The Student’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Alongside other photographs with the same name, from this portfolio, it documents the traditional mode of studentship in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany. The student’s face is marked by distinctive scars, suggesting that he was an active member of a fencing club. The student wears his dress uniform, decorated with a medal, and a cap bearing a band of oak leaves and the initials of his fraternity in its centre. Posed against a white background, the student gazes earnestly out of this studio portrait.