Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Erich Salomon (April 28, 1886 – July 7, 1944), photographer and one of the pioneers of modern photojournalism. During his lifetime, Erich Salomon was considered an inventor of a new photographic genre, the candid camera.

Erich Salomon specialized in photographing international conferences and social gatherings of heads of state with the intention of showing the human qualities of world leaders. He especially enjoyed catching the leaders’ unguarded moments of fatigue, delight, or disgust and his uncanny ability to capture private moments earned him the moniker of “the king of indiscretion".

Trivia bit: Erich Solomon is one of only two known persons to have photographed a session of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Salomon image source (1)

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