This photograph is classified in the portfolio entitled ‘The Official’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. To make him appear more impressive, Sander photographed the police officer from below so that he seems to loom above the viewer. In full uniform and carrying his baton, the officer has a long grey moustache that conceals much of his face. His shoulders relaxed, he gazes squarely at the viewer, secure in the knowledge that he commands respect. Sander has posed the officer in front of a white screen in a studio, permitting him to harness the potential of strong natural light to pick out a range of textural detail, including the weave of his coat and its highly polished buttons. Sander conceived his ambition to record a representative typology of the German people categorised by their estate, profession and environment in the 1920s, continuing to work on the project for the rest of his life.