December 19 – Gisele Freund

Happy Birthday Gisele Freund!

December 19

Gisèle Freund (b. 1908) German-born French photographer – Photographie et société (1974)

Read Gisele Freund’s thoughts on how editors can misconstrue the artist’s intent through the use of captions:


Freund talks about her life and work in this German TV interview (1 hour, in German)

Listen to an interview of Freund in French (1 hour) here

Read the New York Times obituary for Gisele Freund:

“Ms. Freund was one of Europe’s most prominent photographers and a pillar among French feminist intellectuals after fleeing Nazi Germany and settling in Paris in the 1930’s. In a 1996 interview, Ms. Freund said she read her subjects’ work and often spent hours discussing their books with them before taking a portrait.

”This was essential to gaining their confidence,” she said of Sartre, de Beauvoir, Malraux and Breton. ”I tell many young photographers to do the same thing, but so often they don’t want to read about their subjects, they just want to take pictures. For me, at least, studying my subjects first and knowing them personally was essential to taking a good picture.”

Visit the Gisele Freund photo collection:


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