Paris - New York

November 27, 2013January 31, 2014
One of this year’s highlights in the programme of Flo Peters Gallery is an exhibition by german-american photographer Fred Stein. Accompanying a retrospective of his oeuvre at the Jewish Museum, Berlin, this is the first single gallery show in Germany dedicated to his work. Fred Stein was born in Dresden in 1909 and studied jurisprudence in Leipzig. Restrained from job practise for being jewish and politically active, he fled from the NS regime pressure and escaped to Paris in 1933. Stein began to dedicate himself to photography and managed to make a living from the former hobby. He took portraits of many emigrated intellectuals and artists; leading european personalities he and his wife kept company with. Besides that, he went through Paris taking photos of street life scenes – snap shots full of beauty and hope in times of fear and despair. After being put in an internment camp when war broke out, in 1941 Stein and his wife managed to escape to New York. His passion became a real profession: Stein recorded big city street life, shot photographs of New York’s vibrant and calm sides and continued to make portraits of writers, artists, politicians – from Albert Einstein over Dorothy Parker up to Henry Kissinger and Frank Lloyd Wright. Stein’s photographs are quick, sharp studies catching the character of their subjects vividly and poingnantly. He approaches his portraits with the same spontaneousness and frankness as street scenes. This makes his pictures, master pieces of street photography, look so straight, effortless and modern. Until his death in 1957, Fred Stein worked as a successful photographer and publicist; his shots and reportages appeared in books and magazines all over the world. Today his timeless portraits and spirited, often touching scenes are strongly demanded collector’s pieces.

 

  • Fred Stein
    Untitled (Billboard, Times Square)
    New York, 1948

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    25,5 x 20,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    George Washington Bridge Time Lapse
    New York, 1949

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    18 x 24 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Bend in River - Au bord de la Seine
    Paris, 1937

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    18,5 x 23,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Manhattan Night
    New York, 1947

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    17,5 x 24,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Cobblestones in Montmartre
    Paris, 1933

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    17,5 x 25 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Cityscape
    New York, 1947

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    20,5 x 25,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Water Fountain
    Paris, 1935

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    17,5 x 24 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Metro Exit Silhouette
    Paris, 1939

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    18 x 17,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Sara Speaks
    New York, 1947

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    20,5 x 25,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Construction Crane
    New York, 1949

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    19 x 23,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    After the Parade
    New York, 1945

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    19,5 x 24 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Rue Saint-Denis
    Paris, 1937

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    19,3 x 25,5 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Shoeshine
    New York, 1948

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    19,5 x 24 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Swing
    Paris, 1934

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    18 x 24 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Traffic
    New York, 1949

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    24 x 18 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Winter in Central Park
    New York, 1946

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    20 x 24,8 cm
  • Fred Stein
    El Tracks
    New York, 1947

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    19,8 x 19,9 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Scaffold Worker
    New York, 1948

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    22 x 20 cm
  • Fred Stein
    Le Gaz
    Paris, 1935

    Vintage gelatin silver print

    21,3 x 14,5 cm