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Erich Salomon (April 28,
1886 – July 7, 1944) was a German-born news photographer known for his
pictures in the diplomatic and legal professions and the innovative
methods he used to acquire them.
Born in Berlin, Salomon studied law, engineering, and zoology up to World
War I. After the war, he worked in the promotion department of the
Ullstein publishing empire designing their billboard ads. He first picked
up a camera in 1927, when he was 41, to document some legal disputes and
soon after hid an Ermanox camera usable in dim light in his bowler hat. By
cutting a hole in the hat for the lens, Salomon snapped a photo of a
police killer on trial in a Berlin criminal court.
With his multilingual ability and clever concealment, Salomon's reputation
soared among the peoples of Europe. When the Kellogg-Briand Pact was
signed in 1928, Salomon walked into the signing room and took the vacant
seat of the Polish delegate as well as several photos. In time, diplomats
were convinced that photojournalism was part of the historical record, and
the photo opportunity was born.
After Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Salomon fled to the
Netherlands with his wife and continued his photographic career at the
Hague. Salomon refused an invitation by Life Magazine to come to the
United States, and he and his family were trapped in the Low Countries
after Hitler invaded in 1940. Salomon and his family were betrayed to the
Nazis and died in Auschwitz in July 1944.
Presidential Palace in Berlin, Reception in Honor of King Fuad of Egypt, 1930.
Meeting on Franco-German understanding, 1928
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