Self-taught Erich Salomon was known as the photographer of the famous and infamous of his time. His subjects were captured up close, directly, without a pose and often even unaware that they were having their picture taken. Within a few years, Salomon published hundreds of reports in German and international papers. On Ellis Island, the collection point for immigrants to the US, he took this shot of the New York skyline through a latticed window. Salomon, who was of Jewish descent, went into exile in Holland in 1933. He was murdered at Auschwitz in 1944.