Madame d'Ora

Madame d'Ora
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Monika Faber.

New York & Munich. Neue Galerie & Prestel. 2020. First edition. Blue cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 232 pages. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white and colour. 290 x 245mm (11 x 9"). 1.8kg. 9783791359700. English. Fine; as new.

The catalogue for the exhibition on photographer Madame d'Ora, at the Neue Galerie, New York. Madame d'Ora, born Dora Kallmus, was an Austrian society photographer working first in fin-de-siecle Vienna and then in inter-War Paris. She photographed many famous artists and society figures, including Picasso, Foujita, Colette, Josephine Baker, Chanel, Klimt, Tamara de Lempicka, Marie Laurencin, the Dolly Sisters and the Baron de Rede. After a tough war her work shifted to photographing refugees and displaced people, commissioned by the United Nations. She also produced a powerful series of images depicting bloodied carcasses in an abattoir. Her story as a successful female photographer in Europe during the first half of the twentieth-century makes for a fascinating read.