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Names:
Born: Dora Philippine Kallmus 
Other: Dora Kallmus 
Other: Madame D'Ora 
Dates:  1881 - 1963, 28 October
Born:  Austria, Vienna
Died:  Austria, Frohnleiten [nr. Steiermark]
 
  

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ThumbnailD'Ora: Dancers
 
 
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Supplemental information

 
Madame d'Ora Kallmus opened a commercial photography studio with Arthur Benda (1885-1969) under the pseudonym Madame d'Ora in Vienna in 1907. She began a distinguished career as a Viennese salon photographer, and became extremely popular among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. In 1925, she moved her atelier to Paris, and during the 30s and 40s rose to international prominence through society and high fashion photography. She photographed Josephine Baker, Tamara de Lempicka, Alban Berg, Niddy Impekoven, Maurice Chevalier, Colette, numerous dancers, actors, painters, and writers.
 
Literature:
 
Monika Faber D'Ora Vienna and Paris 1907-195; The Photography of Dora Kallmus Vassar College Art Gallery, New York, 1987
 
[Courtesy of Muse XX, October 2007] 
  
 

Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on D'Ora.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.246 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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