Fred Stein – Hannah Arendt’s Favourite Photographer

When we think of Hannah Arendt today, we may well have an iconic portrait by the photographer Fred Stein in mind. He photographed the political theorist on numerous occasions, sometimes during portrait sessions of several hours in her living room, and masterfully captured Arendt’s particular charisma. Ulrike Kuschel, the project assistant for our current exhibition ‘Hannah Arendt and the Twentieth Century’ tells us on the DHM blog what makes his pictures so special and how the two of them ever came to meet at all.