Thursday, 3 June 2010

Else Neulander-Simon

I read the heartbreaking story of this photographer, who worked under the name Yva in this months issue of Glass Magazine. Not only was she working in an industry that left little room for women, she was also oppressed by Nazi Rulers, who eventually confiscated her photographs and banned her from working in her profession. She worked alongside, and is said to have heavily influenced Helmut Newton with her experimental style. The last chapter of her story is the saddest. She recieved an offer from Life magazine to work in New York but her husband was reluctant to leave Berlin. This decision lead to her untimely death in Auschwitz concentration camp, adding haunting irony to her photographs of free, modern women.

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