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In parallel to a retrospective at the Jewish Museum Berlin, works by the German-American photographer will also be presented in a solo exhibition at the Flo Peters Gallery in Hamburg.

Born 1909 in Dresden, Stein studied Law in Leipzig. A committed socialist with a Jewish heritage, he had to give up his profession when the NS regime came to power. Stein and his wife fled to Paris, where he began to pursue photography – turning a former hobby into a new livelihood.

In Paris, the couple moved in the social circles of emigrated intellectuals and artists, many of which Stein portrayed. Roaming the city, he also captured street scenes – moments of hope and beauty in a time of severe hardship and despair.

When the war broke out the Steins were interned, eventually fleeing to New York in 1941, where Fred Steins passion became his profession: documenting life on the city streets and creating portraits of writers, artists and politicians.

For further information visit Flo Peters Gallery

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