Beautiful black-and-white photograph by the celebrated photographer Hermann Landshoff, signed and inscribed by Einstein.
The bust portrait, taken in the early 1940s by Hermann Landshoff, shows Einstein in his sixties, seated, looking slightly to the left, informally dressed in a sweater, with his white hair characteristically unruly. The light illuminates his face, which is unsmiling and thoughtful, his eyes looking into the distance.
Einstein has inscribed the photo to Jakob Hohenemser, and he has added in German, "as a souvenir." He has then signed in full, "Albert Einstein 1943."
The recipient, Cantor Jacob [Jakob] Hohenemser (1911-1964) escaped from Dachau concentration camp in 1939 and settled in the United States.
Hermann Landshoff (1905-1986), like Einstein, was a German-Jewish emigree who settled in the United States in the 1930s. His large body of work encompasses portraits of some of the most influential figures of the century. Landshoff was highly respected by his peers, with his work prompting the American photographer Richard Avedon to claim “I owe everything to Landshoff.”
Princeton, NJ: c.1943. 5 x 7 inches. Mounted to a piece of matte board. A bit of silvering to the dark areas and minor soiling at the margins. Overall, very good, with a dark, clear inscription and signature.