Yva | photographs

When I first visited Berlin in 1999 I stayed at the Hotel Bogota, but it was only many years later that I acquainted myself with the works of one of that hotel’s most illustrious former residents. Else Ernestine Neuländer-Simon was born in 1900. Trading under the name Yva, she was one of Berlin’s foremost fashion photographers, also specialising in portraits of the city’s great and good (that’s a diffident Max Liebermann, for instance, at the end of this series); it was a dual focus later pursued by her apprentice, Helmut Newton. Yva was one of an extraordinary wave of female photographers active in Weimar-era Berlin, including Marianne Breslauer, Frieda Riess, Gisèle Freund and Lotte Jacobi. Like that quartet, Yva was Jewish. Unlike them, however, she never managed to emigrate after the Nazi takeover. In 1942 she and her husband were deported from Berlin to Madjanek concentration camp; it is believed they were murdered shortly after their arrival.

Ramona in the little flying machine 1929
Ohne Titel 1930
Woman Reading Newspaper 1932
Tatjana Barbakoff 1929
Self portrait c 1925
Woman with chin on her hands 1930s
Young couple dancing 1932
Charleston 1926
Herta Schroeter 1928
Lewis Brody
Max Liebermann, pre 1930

Further reading
Diversity Destroyed

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  1. You always come up with such great finds. Thanks. I passed this on to a painter friend who had one of those Prix de Rome grants and does wonderful paintings and sculptures. Hope you are feeling more upbeat. I am busy beating the bushes for my kickstarter fund raiser for the Romaine Brooks project we are almost halfway there but tempts fugit and it stresses me out as it is the first time I have had to do this for myself. So easy to do for others! Sandy. If you know anyone interested in Brooks or the period please spread the word. They just have to go to kickstarter.com put Romaine in the project search box and click on her great portrait of 1923 and watch the story. I could write a book about the trials and tribulations of doing this book.

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