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Report from Exile – Photographs by Fred Stein

Fred Stein’s work is inextricably linked with German history. Dismissed as a Jew from the judicial service of Saxony in June 1933, he fled from Dresden to Paris in autumn 1933. There he began to work as a portrait and press photographer. In 1941, he fled again, this time to New York, where he continued to work in portrait photography, specialising in portraits of writers. The exhibition “Report from Exile” presents portraits and city scenes taken by Stein between the 1930s and 1960s, setting them against the background of political and historical developments for the first time. In particular, it illuminates the contexts in which Stein’s photographs came about – for example, at the International Writers’ Congress in the Defence of Culture in 1935, or in connection with the Association of German Writers.

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