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Celebrated Berlin surgeon Professor Ferdinand Sauerbrook

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    c.1930 (made)
    c.1970 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Salomon, Erich Dr, born 1886 - died 1944 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John and Judith Hillelson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 989, box D

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a scene in a medical lecture theatre. A group of men in white coats are attending to a patient in a bed, while others look on from raised seats. In the centre of the picture is the silhouette of a doctor's skeleton.

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)


c.1930 (made)
c.1970 (printed)


Salomon, Erich Dr, born 1886 - died 1944 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

The reverse of the print is marked for reproduction in blue pencil.
It also bears the blue stamp of 'Salomon' and the stamp of the John Hillelson Agency Ltd, 145 Fleet Street, London.
The title is written in blue pen in an unknown hand.


Height: 17.5 cm, Width: 25 cm

Object history note

This photograph was one of a collection given to the V&A by John and Judith Hillelson. One of the most important picture agents in post-war Britain, John Hillelson established his agency in London in 1958 and acted as the UK representative of Magnum photographers and later the French agencies Viva and Sygma until the early 1990s. During the 1950s and ‘60s he collaborated with a new generation of weekly and fashion magazine editors to publish photostories by Magnum photographers and gain exposure for less-known work, such as the pictures of apartheid smuggled out of South Africa by Ernest Cole in 1966-7. As photography gained institutional recognition in the 1970s and ‘80s and the market for photographic prints grew, Hillelson also started to collect and represent the work of the first generation of photojournalists – including Erich Salomon and Lucien Aigner – whose pictures had been so widely published in the 1930s. The selection of photographs from the agency's archive now in the V&A's collection thus forms an incredibly rich and diverse record of some of the best photojournalism from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Descriptive line

Celebrated Berlin surgeon Professor Ferdinand Sauerbook, c.1930 (printed later), Erich Salomon, gelatin-silver print




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