Police Sergeant
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

August Sander
German, 1926
Gelatin silver print
9 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.

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Dominated by an extraordinary moustache that defies gravity as it hovers over his mouth, the police sergeant stands erect and centered in the frame, his left hand holding the handle of an ornamental weapon. Identified only by his occupation in the title, he resists becoming merely a type by means of his distinctive facial hair and the wedding band on his finger.