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[Five Gentlemen Conversing around Table]

Artist:
Erich Salomon (German, Berlin 1886–1944 Auschwitz, Poland)
Date:
1920s–30s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
17.4 x 23.2 cm. (6 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.268
Not on view
The phrase "candid camera" was first coined in 1929 to describe Salomon's idiosyncratic technique of capturing the world's most powerful political and industrial leaders revealing themselves as ordinary human beings: talking, yawning, and joking. With his 35mm Ermanox camera concealed (sometimes in a hat or suitcase) and his unobtrusive appearance, Salomon was able to cut through the slick facade conveyed by official state portraits, both deflating and humanizing the politicians he photographed. This picture was taken in the Reichskanzlei in Berlin.
Inscription: Photographer's stamp on print, verso, C [slightly erased]: "Dr. Erich Salo [illegible] // CHARLOTTENBU [illegible] // Hölderlinstrasse [illegible] // Amt Westend [illegible]"; traces of inscription in pencil on print, verso, OA: [erased, illegible]
[Daniel Wolf, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (October 13, 1980)

This picture was taken in the Reichskanzlei in Berlin.
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