This studio portrait shares its title ‘National Socialist’ with the sub-portfolio in which it is included. Sander added the sub-portfolio 'National Socialists' to the larger portfolio ‘The Soldier’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’, in response to the political developments of the early 1930s in Germany. In this way, he explicitly differentiated between the soldiers of the air force and armed forces and the members of the National Socialist Party. Clothed in his uniform, this party member sits with his hands folded in his lap, gazing limpidly at the viewer. The photograph’s tonal range is notably different from the other images in the portfolio, possibly as a result of Sander’s having used a coloured backdrop, creating a lower contrast and sepia tones.