EXCEPTIONAL OVERSIZED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED by Albert Einstein (“A. Einstein. 49.”) on the bottom margin of the matte, taken by Princeton photographer Alan Windsor Richards, who also signed the matte.
Size: 16 x 20 in. photographer’s matte beneath the 10 x 13 in. black and white silver gelatin waist-up portrait of the famous physicist wearing a cardigan sweater.
Alan Windsor Richards was a freelance photographer known for the images he captured of people and events associated with Princeton University. Richards learned photography from Thomas Edison’s personal photographer in exchange for giving the man, a Lithuanian, English lessons. At first, Richards treated photography as hobby, but around 1944, he applied for a position as a photographer in Princeton’s Palmer Laboratory, which was then home to work being conducted under the Manhattan Project. The University hired Richards for the position which concluded at the end of World War II. Richards then found steady employment doing freelance photography in the Princeton area. Some of Richards’s most popular images are from his photo shoots with Albert Einstein; these include the last portrait of Einstein before his death and iconic images of Einstein walking between his home and his office at the Institute for Advanced Studies.
Photograph exhibits minor silvering on edges; matte has moderate toning with chipping on upper edge; mounting remnants on verso.
An outstanding and unusually large signed Einstein photograph.