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Fred Stein was born on July 3, 1909 in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law.
He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to the German bar by the Nazi government for “racial and political reasons.” The threat of Fascism grew more and more dangerous and after the SS began making inquiries about him, Stein fled to Paris in 1933 with his new wife, Liselotte Salzburg, under the pretext of taking a honeymoon.
In Paris they were in the center of a circle of expatriates, intellectuals and artists. In the midst of upheaval, gathering war, and personal penury, Stein began taking photographs. He was a pioneer of the small, hand-held camera, and with the Leica which he and his wife had purchased as a joint wedding present, he went into the streets to photograph scenes of life in Paris.
He saw hope and beauty where most people would only see despair. He also became acquainted with and photographed some of the leading personalities of Europe. Paris Evening, 1934 Cobblestones, 1936 Le Gaz, 1935 Notre Dame, 1938 Crab Seller, 1935 Grandmothers, 1934 Electricians, 1934 Window Painters, 1935 Marching Shadows, 1938 Street Crossing, 1935 Swing, 1934 Wheelbarrow, 1936 Cafe, 1935 Metro, 1936 Renovation, 1934 Paris Jewish Quarter, 1935 Grands Boulevards, 1937 Cinzano, 1937 Streetcorner, 1934 Cameraman, 1935 Boy Leaning Against Wall, 1937 Jewish Quarter Antwerp, 1937 Photographer, 1935 Flea Market, 1936 Man with Bread, 1937 Reading in Grass, 1936 Knitting, 1933 Fountain, 1935 Selling Flowers, 1935 Fishing, 1930 Children Reading the Newspaper, 1936 Le Flic, Paris 1937 Embrace, 1934 Hobo, 1935 Hole in Fence, 1936 Water Fountain, 1934 Popular Front, 1936 Circle Game, 1936 Newsprint, 1934 Boys Fishing, 1936 Flower Vendor, 1935 Big Ball, 1936 Boy with Violin, 1935 Vendor, 1937 Chez, 1934 Old Man With Cane, 1936 Child on Steps, 1935 Sprayer, 1938 Woman at Window, 1933 Doll Man, 1938 (Photos © Fred Stein Archive)
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Arriving in London in 1935, the Viennese photographer Wolfgang Suschitzky is best known for his depictions of London in the 1930s and 1940s. However a photography career spanning 70 years has seen him capture many subjects, all with the same genuine affection.
The Matchbox, London, 1936 Shoe shine, Charing Cross Road, London, 1937 Lyons Corner House, Tottenham Court Road, London, 1941 Tenements, London, 1936 London, Stepney, 1934 Hurlingham Club, London, 1939 London, 1937 Street cleaner, Westminster, London, 1934 At monument station, London, 1938 Charing Cross Road, London, 1936 Festival of Britain, South Bank, 1951 Sunday morning, Oldham, 1946 Charing Cross Road, Beaumonts, London, 1937 London, Zoo, 1941 Paving, Charing Cross Road, London, 1936 East End, London, 1934 Hyde Park, London, 1934 Charing Cross Road, London, 1937 Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, 1934 London, 1945 Milkman, Charing Cross Road, London, 1935 Harrods, 1939 London Docks, 1935 Embankment, London, 1947 Charing Cross Road, London, 1936 King’s Cross Station, London, 1939 Cambridge Circus, London, 1936 Foyles, Charing Cross Road, 1936 Victoria bus station, 1939 V-E Day, Piccadilly Circus, 1945
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