Tuesday, June 8, 2010

marianne breslauer

annemarie schwarzenbach
@marianne breslauer estate/fotostiftung schweiz

defense d'afficher 1937
@marianne breslau estate/fotostiftung schweiz

man ray 1932
@marianne breslauer estate/fotostiftung schweiz

selbsportrait 1927
@marianne breslauer estate/fotostiftung schweiz

marianne breslauer was part of man ray's circle and of the cosmopolitan scene in the 1920's and early 30's. breslauer produced memorable portraits of the famously androgynous swiss travel writer annemarie schwarzenbach who experimented with drugs and died tragically young. breslauer described schwarzenbach as : "neither a woman, neither a man, but an angel, an archangel..." She also took street photographs utilising the new light cameras of the time - typified by the leica, introduced in 1925 - to look at the world from unexpected vantage points.
you can also have a look at the archive from the fotostiftung schweiz .


  1. I've just discovered her work (after years of working with German photographic history). She is absolutely amazing, and I must discover more! Thank you for this.

  2. You're welcome - it is well deserved.