Robert Dietrich

Unknown (French)
Gelatin silver print with applied color
15.7 x 11.4 cm. (6 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
These photographs of thieves and assassins were heavily retouched with ink and gouache to facilitate their reproduction in illustrated newspapers and magazines. Although they were not conceived as typological studies, the cropping and retouching deliberately intensified their sinister aspect, producing caricatures of criminality that satisfied the sensationalism of the picture press.
Inscription: Incribed in black ink on print, verso, T: "Robert Dietrich[last name underlined]/Escroc des Compagnies d'Assu-//rances, anété à Paris//P. P. 8/12/26"; inscribed in blue pencil, BLC: "1242"; stamped in black ink, BRC: "SOCIÉTE DU PETIT PARISIEN//DUPUY &C [IE] -8 DEC 1926//16 18 20 22 Rue d'Enghien//PARIS"; inscribed in black ink on print, verso, from T to B [sideways]: "Robert Dietrich [underlined]"
Charles Schwartz

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indexing the World," May 25, 2004–September 19, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play," March 7, 2016–July 31, 2016.

Robert Dietrich; Crook who defrauded insurance companies, arrested in Paris.