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ID photo by László Moholy-Nagy
"With Florence Henri’s photos, photographic practice enters a new phase—the scope of which would have been unimaginable before today. Above and beyond the precise and exact documentary composition of these highly defined photos, research into the effects of light is tackled not only through abstract photograms, but also in photos of real-life subjects...."
Florence Henri (28 June 1893, New York – 24 July 1982, Laboissière-en-Thelle) was a photographer and artist. She grew up in Europe and studied in Rome, where she met the Futurists, and in Berlin, then in Paris with Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant, and finally at the Dessau Bauhaus before returning to Paris where she started with photography. Her work includes experimental photography, advertising, and portraits, many of artists.
Henri was born in New York to a French father and a Polish mother. After the death of her mother in 1895, Henri and her father began traveling for his work as a director of a petroleum company. Henri began to study music in Paris at the age of nine In 1906, Henri and her father settled on the Isle of Wight in England where her father then died in 1908. After the death of her father, Henri went to live in Rome with Gino Gori, a poet who introduced Henri to the avant-garde art movement.
In 1913 Henri moved to Berlin to continue her music studies with pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni. When World War I broke out in 1914, Henri was trapped in Berlin with her wages frozen. To earn a living, Henri played piano for silent movies. After visiting the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, Henri decided to pursue painting instead of music. Throughout this period, Henri focused on figure studies and landscapes. Also during this time, she met Jewish German critic and art historian Carl Einstein who became a mentor and close friend until his death in 1940. ...