Madame d’Ora, Actress Helene Jamrich with a hat by Zwieback, designed by the painter Rudolf Krieser, 1909. Private Collection

Virtual Docent-Led Art Tour: Meet the Darling Madame d’Ora

Sunday, July 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Meet the Darling Madame d’Ora: the Era-Defining Fashion Photographer Who Vanished from History.

Dora Kallamus was born into a Jewish family from Vienna in 1881. She purchased her first camera at the age of 23 on a trip in the South of France, and ultimately became one of Europe’s leading photographic portraitists of the 20th Century. She was a true pioneer, being the first woman to open a photography studio in Vienna, a field dominated by men.

This lecture will chart her entire career. We will view her early portraits of Viennese high society, followed by her photographs that captured the Golden 20s in Paris, and then those of the Post-War years. After World War II, Dora turned her lens towards people in displaced person camps. Later, she worked on another haunting series which included the Parisienne slaughterhouses.

This lecture demonstrates her exceptional ability to capture both the essence of beauty and the pathos of death and suffering.

The presenter is Ronnit Vasserman, founder of Art Connect Group, a full-service art consulting firm located in New York City. She holds a degree in Fine Arts and Art History.

The fee for this presentation is $10. Please register in advance at and you will receive the Zoom link once your registration is complete.

If you are experiencing any financial hardship at this time, we are more than happy to invite you as our guest. Please contact Jodi Zicklin at to get the Zoom link.

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