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Erich Hartmann

Born in Munich, Erich Hartmann (1922-1999) was 16 years old when he and his family went to Albany, New York, as refugees from Nazi Germany. He worked in a textile mill, attending evening high school and later taking night courses at Siena College. He enlisted in the US Army, and at the end of the war he moved to New York City, where he worked as an assistant to a portrait photographer and then as a freelancer. His poetic approach to science, industry, and architecture was exhibited in many photo essays. In his later years he photographed the remains of the Nazi concentration camps, resulting in a book and exhibition, In the Camps (1995).