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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eva Besnyö

Last week we discovered the work of Hungarian-born photographer Eva Besnyö (1910-2003) at a retrospective exhibit at the Jeu de Paume. Jewish by birth, Besnyö left Hungary for Berlin in 1930. Two years later she moved to Amsterdam where she remained for the rest of her life. Forced into hiding by the Nazi invasion of of the Netherlands in 1940, Besnyö later managed to come out of hiding in 1944, thanks to an invented genealogy.

Besnyö's early work in the 1930s is strikingly modern by today's standards. She is also known for her political engagement and commitment to women's rights. You can read more about Eva Besnyö and the exhibit here. Hurry! The exhibit closes on September 23rd.

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