Member of Parliament (Democrat)
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

August Sander
German, 1928
Gelatin silver print
8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.

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Businessman and parliamentarian Johannes Scheerer was one of the many individuals at the fringes of the political spectrum. He shoulders his umbrella like a shotgun, measuring up the viewer with an owlish, suspicious glance. Behind this formidable facade lurks a character more akin to a provinical schoolmaster than a legislator.