André de Dienes

Born in 1913 - Romania


Andre Dienes was born in 1913 in Turia, Transylvania, today a part of Romania.

After his mother's tragic death, at the age of 15 he left for Europe by foot (a bit like what Brancusi would have done) and landed up in Tunisia and did odd jobs.

He bought his first Retina 35 mm camera and developed a taste for photography. He came to Paris in 1933. There were already well known people there like Brassai from Brasov and Charles Rado, these two created the Rapho agency. There were other Hungarian artists that one could re-discover throughout these talks. With his new camera, he started working for the Humanity newspaper and for the Associated Press.

His job led him to meet Edward Molyneux, a known CEO famous for Capitaine Molyneux perfumes and a suggestion to cross the Atlantic, to go and work for major fashion magazines like Vogue; Life, Esquire...

After many years, worthy of an extraordinary movie, he worked on a subject which made him dream as a child. The Indians. The Hopi, Navajos, Apaches, but also Harlem and the street.

In 1944, he settled down in Hollywood to do (glamor) studio photography: Brando, Fonda, Reagan, Liz Taylor...

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Rare Early Images of Marilyn Monroe and Early Work - Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Andre de Dienes: Vintage Prints - Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Andre de Dienes - A Retrospective 1934-1974 Vintage Prints - Staley-Wise Gallery, New York City, NY
Marilyn - Photographs from the Estate of Andre de Dienes - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Andre de Dienes - Becoming Marilyn - Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


The Violet Crab At Draf - The David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Marilyn Monroe & The Lost Photographs - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
Women - Staley-Wise Gallery, New York City, NY
8th Gwangju Biennale - 10,000 Lives - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Marilyn Monroe - in focus Galerie, Cologne
Norma Jean Baker bis Marilyn Monroe - Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
American Gothic: Vintage Photographs from the 1930s and 40s - Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA
I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Marilyn - From Anastasi to Weegee - Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NY
Marilyn Monroe. 36 Fotografien - Thomas Ladengalerie, Munich
CinÉmages - ARGENTIC, Paris

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