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Police Officer and Master of the Watch, 1925
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Police Officer and Master of the Watch, 1925 1925

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
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.


  • Acc. No. AL00061
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.10 x 17.80 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010