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October 23, 2017

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Portraits by Jewish ladies

Before 1938, three quarters of the photo studios in Vienna were run by Jewish women. This, according to the Jewish Museum Vienna, originally founded in 1896, closed after the annexation of Austria by the Nazis in 1938, then opened again in the early 1990s. Jewish women from wealthy, liberal families became photographers mostly because it didn’t require high academic qualifications, which were difficult to attain at the time, yet offered the possibility of artistic recognition and success. High-end fashion and portrait photography was generally their area of interest, and some of that work, including some by Dora Kallmus aka Madame d’Ora, one of the first Viennese women to embrace the potentials of photography, is on view now through March 3, 2013 in Vienna’s Shooting Girls at the museum’s Dorotheergasse location. Admission: $13. Closed Saturdays. jmw.at. [CC]

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