Photographer in exile: Fred Stein. Dresden, Paris, New York

Article publié le 5 September 2021

Fred Stein (1909-1967) was born in Dresden as the son of a rabbi. He studied law but fled to Paris with his wife Lilo Salzburg when Hitler came to power in 1933, on the pretext of a honeymoon. There they, with thousands of others, found a safe haven, but as a German refugee Stein could no longer work as a lawyer. That is why he looked for work as a journalistic photographer. Lilo and Fred had brought a second-hand Leica from Dresden, which they had given each other as a wedding present. Stein taught himself to photograph in a short time and quickly made a name for himself with political reports, street photography and portraits. When it became too dangerous in France in 1941, Fred and Lilo fled to New York. Just like in Paris, they entered the cultural and artistic circles of European immigrants, which is reflected in the portraits that Fred made. He immediately fell in love with New York: the busy streets, the skyscrapers and the many different neighborhoods. He traveled all over the city with his camera, from Little Italy and Chinatown, to Harlem and Brooklyn.

July 9th to November 7th, 2021 at the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam.