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Spectacular Photography of Marianne Breslauer from the 1920s and 1930s

Marianne Breslauer was a German photographer. She is known for her stunning street photography. After taking photography lessons in Berlin from 1927 to 1929, she became an admirer of Frieda Riess and later of André Kertész, even though she saw herself as a photographic journalist. She briefly studied under Man Ray in Paris in 1929. At this time, Paris was the center of the avant-garde, with many ambitious young women landing in Man Ray’s studio, which dominated photography. Upon returning to Berlin at the beginning of 1930, she developed a style of quiet, poetic street scenes, which she sold one at a time to illustrated magazines. Later that year, she began working at the Ullstein photo studio in Berlin, headed by Elsbeth Heddenhausen, where she mastered darkroom skills.

Under Elisabeth Heddenhausen at the largest German publisher of illustrated works, these photographs led to a position at the Ullstein Photography Studio, the most advanced of its time. Marianne Breslauer was commissioned to do photo reporting on everyday Berlin topics and advertising photography and portraiture. After her two-month visit to Palestine in 1931, numerous images she brought back were published in periodicals, including Die Dame, Der Querschnitt, and the Frankfurter Illustrated. After two years at the Ullstein Studio, she returned to Paris as a freelancer in 1932, working for the Mauritius Agency. She photographed Pablo Picasso and Ambroise Villard for Mauritius. The Academic Agency commissioned her to travel to northern Spain in the spring of 1933 with author and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Returning to National Socialist Germany, she could not publish under her own name.

Marianne emigrated to Amsterdam in 1936 to marry Walter Feilchenfeldt, an art dealer who had fled Germany after the Nazis destroyed an auction of modern art. Here, she gave birth to her first child, Walter. She gave up photography to concentrate on her other activities due to her family life and work as an art dealer. Her second son, Konrad, was born in Zurich in 1939. In 1948, the couple opened an art business specializing in French paintings and 19th-century artwork. From 1966 to 1990, she ran the business with her son Walter after her husband died in 1953. She died in Zollikon, near Zurich, on February 7, 2001, at 91.

#1 La Rotonde, Paris, 1930

La Rotonde, Paris, 1930

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#2 Berlin, 1927

Berlin, 1927

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#3 Paul Citroen portrait, Berlin, 1917

Paul Citroen portrait, Berlin, 1917

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#4 On the ferry, Antwerp, 1929

On the ferry, Antwerp, 1929

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#5 Auteuil, 1929

Auteuil, 1929

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#6 Untitled, 1929

Untitled, 1929

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#7 Summer, 1929

Summer, 1929

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#8 Paris, 1929

Paris, 1929

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#9 Paris, 1929

Paris, 1929

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#10 At the Seine, 1929

At the Seine, 1929

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#11 Quai de Seine, 1929

Quai de Seine, 1929

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#12 Paris, 1929

Paris, 1929

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#13 Untitled, Paris, 1929

Untitled, Paris, 1929

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#14 Homeless, Paris, 1929

Homeless, Paris, 1929

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#15 Paul Citroen and Dr. Dausse, Paris, 1929

Paul Citroen and Dr. Dausse, Paris, 1929

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#16 Shirt with ‘KaDeWe, Berlin’ label., circa 1930

Shirt with 'KaDeWe, Berlin' label., circa 1930

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#17 Acrobatics, Berlin, 1930

Acrobatics, Berlin, 1930

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#18 Lützowufer Bridge, Berlin, 1930

Lützowufer Bridge, Berlin, 1930

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#19 Christmas display, Berlin, 1930

Christmas display, Berlin, 1930

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#20 Alexandria, 1931

Alexandria, 1931

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#21 Mannequins, Berlin, 1932

Mannequins, Berlin, 1932

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#22 Mannequins, Berlin, 1932

Mannequins, Berlin, 1932

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#23 Zirkus-Junge, 1932

Zirkus-Junge, 1932

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#24 Zirkus-Junge, 1932

Zirkus-Junge, 1932

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#25 Pamplona, 1933

Pamplona, 1933

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#26 School girl, Girona, 1933

School girl, Girona, 1933

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#27 Annemarie Schwarzenbach crossing the Eiffel Bridge over the Onyar river, Girona, 1933

Annemarie Schwarzenbach crossing the Eiffel Bridge over the Onyar river, Girona, 1933

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#28 Annemarie Schwarzenbach with her car and a shepherd in the Pyrenees, 1933

Annemarie Schwarzenbach with her car and a shepherd in the Pyrenees, 1933

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#29 Annemarie Schwarzenbach in her car and some gypsy children, Pyrenees, 1933

Annemarie Schwarzenbach in her car and some gypsy children, Pyrenees, 1933

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#30 Annemarie Schwarzenbach with a friend in Potsdam, 1934

Annemarie Schwarzenbach with a friend in Potsdam, 1934

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#31 Ruth von Morgen, Berlin, 1934

Ruth von Morgen, Berlin, 1934

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#32 Défense d’afficher, Paris, 1937

Défense d’afficher, Paris, 1937

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#33 Elisabeth Bergner.

Elisabeth Bergner.

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#34 Street scene, a narrow alley with balconies, 1930

Street scene, a narrow alley with balconies, 1930

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#35 Tomb of Charles Baudelaire on the cemetery Cimetiere Montparnasse, 1930

Tomb of Charles Baudelaire on the cemetery Cimetiere Montparnasse, 1930

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#36 German Empire, Berliner Zimmer, modern dining room with simple furniture, 1931

German Empire, Berliner Zimmer, modern dining room with simple furniture, 1931

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#37 German Empire, old fashioned living room with furniture from around 1900

German Empire, old fashioned living room with furniture from around 1900

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#38 Germany, Berlin, Fashion Store Joe Strassner, dress form for the female customer Mrs. von Siebenach Published in Dame, 1933

Germany, Berlin, Fashion Store Joe Strassner, dress form for the female customer Mrs. von Siebenach Published in Dame, 1933

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#39 Modern living room with simple furniture and book shelves,1931

Modern living room with simple furniture and book shelves,1931

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#40 German Empire, Christmas trade, 1930

German Empire, Christmas trade, 1930

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#41 Wife of French director Rene Clair Published in Querschnitt,1932

Wife of French director Rene Clair Published in Querschnitt,1932

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#42 Old fashioned bedroom with 19th century furniture, beds.

Old fashioned bedroom with 19th century furniture, beds.

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