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Gisele Freund, 1912-2000

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Gisele Freund, 1912-2000

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Gis[grave{e}]le Freund died on March 31 at the age of 88. Born in Berlin, she studied sociology and art at Frankfurt University. With the Leica camera her father gave her, she documented life in Frankfurt, notably a workers' demonstration against the National Socialist government on May 1, 1932, which erupted in chaos after a group of students was arrested by the police. A year later, she quickly boarded a train for Paris, fearing that her photographs, involvement with leftist student organizations and being Jewish would put her life in considerable danger. Once in Paris, she developed a profitable career as 'a photojournalist and by making memorable portraits of the literary and artistic scene. Her portraits included those of Sylvia Beach, Colette, Jean Cocteau, Simone de Beauvoir, James Joyce, Andr[acute{e}] Malreaux, Henri Matisse and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her color photographs were first projected at Adrienne Monnier's bookshop La Maison des Amis des Livres in 1939, a method of showing her work that she conti nued throughout her life. She photographed the Congress for the Defense of Culture in June 1935, in which philosophers and writers from 35 countries gathered to defend freedom of expression from the looming Fascist regimes spreading across Europe. …

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