Henri Dauman’s photography documents some of the most important events and personalities of the 20th century, from the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, to the Castro revolution and Buddhist monks in Vietnam. His images captured the American experience during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This Holocaust survivor and self-taught photographer produced iconic images for the covers of Time, Life, and various other publications.
Born in France, Dauman was only 9 when his father was taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he died that same year. Dauman and his mother escaped and hid for several years. His mother died when he was 14 leaving him an orphan. At 17 he was invited to New York City by his uncle. “He asked if I wanted to come and live in the United States, and I said, ‘Sure.’ I had been dreaming of New York, seeing it in the movies and photographs. It’s such a photographic city. It’s like a big movie set.”