Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)


Fred Stein was born on July 3, 1909 in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law. He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to the German bar by the Nazi government for “racial and political reasons.” The threat of Fascism grew more and more dangerous and after the SS began making inquiries about him, Stein fled to Paris in 1933 with his new wife, Liselotte Salzburg, under the pretext of taking a honeymoon.

In Paris they were in the center of a circle of expatriates, intellectuals and artists. In the midst of upheaval, gathering war, and personal penury, Stein began taking photographs. He was a pioneer of the small, hand-held camera, and with the Leica which he and his wife had purchased as a joint wedding present, he went into the streets to photograph scenes of life in Paris. He saw hope and beauty where most people would only see despair. He also became acquainted with and photographed some of the leading personalities of Europe.

Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)

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Vintage black and white photos of people in Paris by Fred Stein (1930s)


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