Beruhmte Zeitenossen in Unbewachten Augenblicken. [Famous Contemporaries in Unguarded Moments]. Text and photographs by Erich Salomon. Engelhorns Nach, Stuttgart, 1931. 46 pp. + plates. Quarto. Gilt stamped blue cloth. 104 halftone reproductions with captions in four languages.
Salomon's rare first book of concealed-camera reportage; the only book of his work published during his lifetime. Salomon concentrated his hand-held camera mainly on cultural celebrities and government officials of the Weimar era. Includes photographs of Pablo Casals, Albert Einstein, Wilhelm Furtwängler, William Randolph Hearst, Thomas Mann, Mussolini and others. Salomon's importance as a photo-journalist and historian was recognized even in his day. The term "candid camera" was introduced by the London Graphic to describe his style of documentary. He left Germany for Holland, but eventually was deported to Auschwitz where he died in 1944. The next monograph of his work was not published for more than thirty years after this first book. See Roth (ed.), The Book of 101 Books, pp. 74-75.
Lacking scarce dust jacket; Near Fine; very slight corner bumps; spine a bit faded; minor foxing to page edges.