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Dates:  1893, 28 June - 1982, July
Born:  US, NY, New York
Died:  France, Compičgne
 
  
She was Swiss, but born in New York of a French father and German mother. Losing her parents In her early life went to stay with relatives in Rome. She studied music and painting in England and Germany. In 1919 she was a student at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin (Akademie der Künste zu Berlin) and this was at a time when the avant-garde was flourishing in Germany with artists including Hans Arp, Adrian Ludwig Richter, John Heartfield andt Lázló Moholy-Nagy. In 1924 moved to Paris, met Fernand Leger and she made some constructivist paintings. She took courses at the Bauhaus and her photography flourished, often incorporating mirrors to construct multiple viewpoints. She opened a photographic studio creating tightly cropped portraits, advertising, photocollages and female nudes.

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Florence Henri
Selbstportrait 
1928 (taken) 1974 (print)
 
  
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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
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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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.] 
  
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.245 
  
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Fernandez, Horacio (ed.) 2000 Fotografía Pública: Photography in Print 1919-1939 (Aldeasa) p.122-123 [This Spanish exhibition catalogue is one of the best sources for illustrations of photomontage and book design for the period between the two World Wars.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Florence Henri.] 
  
 

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.250 
  
• Lahs-Gonzales, Olivia & Lippard, Lucy 1997 Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century. Selections from the Helen Kornblum Collection (Saint Louis Art Museum, D.A.P.) [Florence Henri is included in this overview of women photographers.] 
  
• Sobieszek, Robert A. and Deborah Irmas 1994 the camera i: Photographic Self-Portraits (Los Angeles: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art) p.220, Plate 27 [When the Audrey and Sydney Irmas collection was donated to LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1992 the museum gained a remarkable collection of self portraits of notable photographers. If you need a portrait of Florence Henri this is a useful starting point.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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