Trude Fleischmann


After brief studies of art in Paris , Trude Fleischmann (1895-1990, America, Austrian-born) apprenticed from 1913 to 1916 as a photographer at the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna. Subsequently she consolidated her skills at the studios of Madame D’Ora and, until 1919, of Hermann Schieberth. In 1920 she opened her own studio in Vienna and soon portrayed the celebrities of Vienna’s cultural scene, among them Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Kraus, Max Reinhardt or Grete Wiesenthal. Alongside societal portraiture, Fleischmann specialized in nude and dance studies and published her work in the illustrated press of the time, such as Die Bühne, Moderne Welt or Uhu. In 1929, she participated in the German Werkbund exhibition Film und Foto in Stuttgart. In 1939, Fleischmann emigrated to New York City where she opened a studio for fashion and portrait photography which operated until 1969. Major retrospectives of her work were held in 1988 and 2011 in Vienna.