Atelier Manassé

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From the Raymonda Ballet, 1931
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Portrait of Actress Inge Borg with masks, 1928
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My Little Bird, 1929

Olga Solarics and her husband Adorja’n von Wlassics were the founders of Studio Manassé in Vienna in 1922. The studio was enormously successful in portrait and erotic photography, but it was the influence of surrealism, particularly on Olga, that resulted in photographs that incorporated experimental techniques and offered humorous, often absurd takes on desire and traditional sexual roles.

Dora Maar (1907-1997)

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Les années vous guettent, 1936

Grete Stern (1904-1999)

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From Sueños series (Dreams) Dream No. 1: Electrical Appliances for the Home, 1948

Grete Stern was born in Germany but left in 1933, eventually settling in Buenos Aires. Between 1948-1951 she published weekly illustrations in the woman’s magazine Idilio. The series, Los Sueños, interpreted readers’ dreams through surreal photomontages.

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Dream No. 44: La acusada, 1948

 

Kati Horna (1912-2000)

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Subida a la catedral, Spanish Civil War, Barcelona, 1938
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Umbrella Rally of the CNT, Spanish Civil War, Barcelona, 1937

 

Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987)

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Reminiscence, 1953
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Untitled (Two Women), 1950

 

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969)

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Marina (Solarized and Cut), c. 1938
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Margarete von Sivers, Paris, 1938

While Blumenfeld is largely known for his fashion photography, his early work reveals the influence of Surrealism.

Philippe Halsman (1906-1976)

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Dali Atomicus, 1948

Paul Nougé (1895-1967)

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The Birth of the Object, c. 1929-1930
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The Revealing Arm, 1929-1930