ORIGINAL SEPIA PHOTOGRAPH BY LOTTE JACOBI, SIGNED "Albert Einstein 46"
The photograph shows a standing, contemplative Einstein in a classic image from his favorite photographer, Lotte Jacobi. With Jacobi's two-line blind-stamp in lower right corner.
Jacobi, a noted female portraitist who photographed many of the 20th century’s most famous men and women, was descended from a long line of photographers—her great-grandfather having learned the craft from the inventor of photography himself, Louis Daguerre. She abandoned her successful career in Germany in 1935, having declined the Nazis’ offer of “honorary Aryan status”—undoubtedly one of the reasons Einstein so admired her.
Jacobi disliked the stiff portraiture technique that characterized the photography studio of her time. Rather, it was her method to bring the studio to the subject, and she liked to wait until her models were most at ease before taking a photo. This image is an outstanding example of her style - she captures Einstein relaxed, casually dressed in his favorite leather (“bomber”) jacket.
Size: 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.; 10 x 11 3/8 with original photographer's mount. Princeton, 1946.
An outstanding photograph with Einstein's signature particularly strong.