Erich Auerbach (1911 – 1977) was a foremost Czech photojournalist who immigrated to London in 1939 as official photographer to the Czech government in exile. After the war he remained in London, becoming a recognised photographer of artists, musicians and performers. He freelanced for Sunday Times, The Daily Herald and The Observer . Auerbach is best known for his music photography. His photojournalistic approach combined with his empathy and knowledge of the subject (he remained an enthusiastic pianist all his life) produced wonderfully expressive portraits, somehow capturing in visual form the mood and power of the events he was illustrating, the energy of the performers and personalities, rather than staged portraiture.
His work for Glyndebourne spanned the years following the reopening of the opera house after the war. He recorded the company, at rehearsal, leisure and the audience relaxing in the gardens.