Janos Frecot was born in 1937 in Freidorf, Rumania. After moving to Berlin in 1947, he trained as a librarian and archivist. A passionate flaneur and photographer he has shot city scenes in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Prague, and Budapest in the early 1960s. From 1979 until his retirement in 2002 he was in charge of the Berlinische Galerie’s photography collection, which he established. His efforts were instrumental in promoting the rediscovery of Berlin as a center of photography during the Weimar Republic. He was also a consultant to the photography collection of the Albertina in Vienna. His numerous publications and exhibitions include Fidus. Zur ästhetischen Praxis bürgerlicher Fluchtbewegungen (1972, new edition 1998), Sprung in die Zeit (1992), Lichtseiten (1998), Erich Salomon (2004), and Portrait im Aufbruch (2005, with Monika Faber).