Max Planck, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald of England, Albert Einstein, Dr H. Dietrich, German Finance Minister, Mr Schmitz of I.G. Farben, and Dr Curtis, German Foreign Minister

Photograph
28 July 1931 (photographed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Known as the 'king of indiscretion', Erich Salomon was a key figure in modern photojournalism. In 1927 he switched from a large-format press camera to an Ermanox, a recently introduced hand-held camera that enabled him to work in secret and without flash. He took this image on 28 July 1931 at the German Chancellery in Berlin. Herman Schmitz (to the right of the central figure of Einstein) was founder of the company I.G. Farben, which manufactured the gas used at Auschwitz, where Salomon and his family were murdered.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
Black and white photograph of a group of men, including Ramsay MacDonald and Albert Einstein, seated at a table, by Erich Salomon, United States, 1936-7
Physical Description
Black and white photograph of a group of men; Max Planck, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald of England, Albert Einstein, Dr H. Dietrich, German Finance Minister, Mr Schmitz of I.G. Farben, and Dr Curtis, German Foreign Minister. They are dressed in white tie and ate seated around a table, smoking cigars and engaged in debate. The setting is lavish - a gilt frame hangs directly above Einstein's head.
Dimensions
  • Height: 18.6cm
  • Width: 24.8cm
Gallery Label
Known as the 'king of indiscretion', Erich Salomon was a key figure in modern photojournalism. In 1927 he switched from a large-format press camera to an Ermanox, a recently introduced hand-held camera that enabled him to work in secret and without flash. He took this image on 28 July 1931 at the German Chancellery in Berlin. Herman Schmitz (to the right of the central figure of Einstein) was founder of the company I.G. Farben, which manufactured the gas used at Auschwitz, where Salomon and his family were murdered.(20/02/2006)
Credit line
Given by John and Judith Hillelson 2003
Subjects depicted
Summary
Known as the 'king of indiscretion', Erich Salomon was a key figure in modern photojournalism. In 1927 he switched from a large-format press camera to an Ermanox, a recently introduced hand-held camera that enabled him to work in secret and without flash. He took this image on 28 July 1931 at the German Chancellery in Berlin. Herman Schmitz (to the right of the central figure of Einstein) was founder of the company I.G. Farben, which manufactured the gas used at Auschwitz, where Salomon and his family were murdered.
Collection
Accession Number
E.130-2003

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record createdJanuary 28, 2004
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