Born Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), the Austrian fashion and portrait photographer worked under the name d’Ora and was later dubbed Madame d’Ora. She was the most acclaimed portraitist of fin-de-siècle Vienna, and went on to create one of the most stylish Art Deco studios in Paris in the 1920s and ’30s. Her models included Josephine Baker, Collette, and Pablo Picasso, among many others.
The exhibition will consist of sections devoted to the different periods of her life, from her early upbringing as the daughter of Jewish intellectuals in Vienna, to her days as a premier society photographer, through her survival during the Holocaust. This will be the largest exhibition devoted to Madame d’Ora ever presented in the United States. The curator is Dr. Monika Faber, director of the Photoinstitut Bonartes in Vienna and frequent collaborator with the Neue Galerie.
Madame d’Ora (Dora Kallmus) (1881–1963)
ullstein bild collection – Madame d‘Ora