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S+ Stimulant: Grete Stern

 

Grete Stern (9 May 1904 – 24 December 1999) was a German (later nationalized Argentine) photographer. Along with her husband, Horacio Coppola, she was an active agent of the modernization process of visual arts in Argentina.

In the late 1940’s, Grete was hired by a local Woman’s magazine to “illustrate” the dreams that readers of the magazine submitted. Over the course of those few years, she made 150 photomontages, called  Sueños – her interpretation of these dreams – mostly submitted by Argentine housewives. These works offer a fascinating peek into subconscious minds of women of that era.

Los sueños by Grete Stern | 1948 – 1951

photo by Grete Stern

photo by Grete Stern

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photo by Grete Stern

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 S+ suggested reading: Eight Girls Taking Pictures: A Novel by Whitney Otto

 

 

Published: June 17th, 2014

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