Photographer Eva Besnyö.

I would like to devote my today’s post to remarkable personality of Jewish and Hungarian born photographer Eva Besnyö. She was born in the capital of Hungary in 1910 in the family of Jewish lawyer Bernat Besnyö who was tortured to death in 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp during the World War II.

Despite her father’s willing Eva wanted to be a photographer after graduating from high school. When she was 18-years-old she started to attend Advertising and Architecture Studio in Budapest. Later in 1930 she decided to move to the European center of arts, avant-garde, liberalism and freedom that at the time was Berlin. Eva wanted to leave her home also because of Horthy regime. Eva Besnyö admitted her staying in Berlin as the most important period in all her life. It is not surprising at all. Berlin of the 1920s and early 1930s was really sophisticated and innovative center of arts and culture. Love, freedom, independence, lust and even lewdness were in the air. Simply try to remember and immerse yourself into the world of everlasting joy and melancholy brilliantly depicted by Bob Fosse in Cabaret (1972) musical film then you would understand what I’m talking about.

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