Socialist Leader Paul Frölich
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

August Sander
German, 1929
Gelatin silver print
8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.

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In this stark portrait the Socialist leader Paul Fröhlich stands in the center of the image, facing directly forward with a serious expression. His hands, half-balled into fists, give the impression of an uncompromising man, but they may also indicate some discomfort at having his portrait made. Fröhlich focused his penetrating gaze on the photographer, who was positioned slightly above the camera. His softly wrinkled three-piece suit tempers his rigid comportment.