Another late and wonderful discovery for me at the Joods historisch museum of Amsterdam: the photos of Fred Stein. From Dresden to Paris and then New York, Fred Stein enchants us with his account of his time, mainly through the 1930’s and 1940’s. Wandering through the city, capturing moments and people in their daily lives. He then focused on making portraits of his contemporaries. A wonderful gallery of known and less known figures, mainly in the US and in Germany. The magnificent exhibit in Amsterdam is with freshly reprinted photogrpahs and it gives us a vibrant and broad overview of his work, forgotten for too long a time. I am not sure Fred Stein ever met Henri Cartier-Bresson but many of his pictures echoe those of the master. Definitely worth a visit!

Three Chairs, Paris, 1936 ©Fred Stein
Le Gaz, Paris, 1935 ©Fred Stein
Newspaper Hat, New York, 1946 ©Fred Stein
Chinatown, New York, 1944 ©Fred Stein
Hannah Arendt, 1944 ©Fred Stein
David Ben-Gurion, 1959 ©Fred Stein
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