Public guided tour of the exhibition "Report from Exile - Photographs by Fred Stein". School classes and groups can also discover the exhibition "Report from Exile - Photographs by Fred Stein" digitally via the digital offer.
Barrier-free telephone tours are also available for groups.
In its exhibition "Report from Exile - Photographs by Fred Stein," the German Historical Museum presents the German-American Jewish photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967), whose extensive photographic work is inextricably linked to the themes of emigration and exile.
A Jew from Dresden, he was dismissed from the Saxon judiciary in June 1933 and was forced to flee Germany in the fall of 1933. In exile in Paris, he began working as a portrait and press photographer, making him one of the many self-taught photographers of Jewish origin.
After fleeing again in 1941 to New York, Stein continued portrait photography with a focus on portraits of writers, compiling, as he himself described it, "the largest collection of photographs of such authors [émigrés] ever taken by a photographer himself."
Parallel to this historical focus, the exhibition traces the career path of the self-taught photographer through numerous press and street photographs, publications, and documents. Selected examples demonstrate how Stein, who had completed a law degree in Leipzig in 1930, had to fight to enforce his image rights in order to earn a living for his family.
A special focus is on Stein's Parisian creative period and the theme of exile. Documents and objects from the collections of the German Historical Museum and other archives on the activities of German-speaking emigrants in Paris illustrate the political and cultural context.
The exhibition is curated by Ulrike Kuschel.
(Tours in German)