Monday, December 24, 2012

dora kallmus

Madame D'Ora self-portrait

Madame D'Ora self-portrait

Anna Pavlova

Gustav Klimt

Mary Wigman

Dora Kallmus was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1881.  With Arthur Benda, Dora opened a photography studio under the pseudonym Madame d'Ora in Vienna in 1907.  She was popular among the Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, and worked as a salon photographer until she left Vienna for Paris in 1925.  In Paris, she became internationally known for society and fashion photography during the 1930s and 1940s.  Dora photographed Josephine Baker, Tamara de Lempicka, Alban Berg, Niddy Impekoven, Maurice Chevalier, Colette, and other dancers, actors, painters, and writers.
-excerpt from Dream the End