Trude Fleischmann

DatesAmerican, born Austria, 1895 - 1990
NationalityAmerican / Austrian
BornVienna, Austria
DiedBrewster, New York, United States

"The Photographer of the Famous" is how Trude Fleischmann was known in her native Vienna. She had begun as an amateur at age nine after receiving a camera as a much longed-for Christmas gift. A portrait photographer for more than fifty years, Fleishmann's sitters included the sixteen-year-old actress Hedy Lamarr, conductor Arturo Toscanini, and architect Adolf Loos. Her Vienna studio became a gathering place for artists and intellectuals. She regarded herself not as an artist, but as a photographer.

Before leaving Austria in the 1930s, Fleischmann inexplicably destroyed all but forty-one of her negatives. She settled in New York, where she resumed her portrait photography, working occasionally for Vogue magazine. Among her more famous subjects were writer Sinclair Lewis and physicist Albert Einstein.