Erich Salomon

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

In the late ’20s and throughout the ’30s Erich Salomon provided a steady stream of pictures for the illustrated magazines that were then gaining a mass audience in Europe and America. Using newly invented miniature cameras such as the Ermanox and the Leica, Salomon specialized in unposed pictures of diplomats, statesmen, and other celebrities caught off guard in informal moments. His best-known photographs come from his constant coverage of the seemingly endless series of diplomatic conferences that preoccupied Europe between the wars; but, as this show demonstrates, he also photographed other stock figures of contemporary publicity—sports champions, movie stars, wealthy tycoons. Through his photographs Salomon helped define and fill the public hunger for tales of power and money that mass magazines soon made a staple. Themes and techniques pioneered by Salomon and his editors have remained

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