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Eva Besnyö

From 22 May 2012 to 23 September 2012

A retrospective at the Jeu de Paume Museum

Eva Marianna Besnyö was a Dutch-Hungarian photographer born in Budapest in 1910.
In 1930, the young Besnyö arrived in Berlin ready to take on the world after having recently completed an apprenticeship at a photography studio in Budapest.
Besnyö experienced Berlin as a metropolis that gave her the freedom to experiment with various artistic techniques and enjoy democratic ways of life. Eva Besnyö’s best-known photograph originates from those years: the gypsy boy with a cello on his back – an image of a homeless tramp that has become well known around the world.
This exhibition, which shows 120 vintage prints, aims to introduce the public to the life and work of this emigrant and “Berliner by choice,” who considered the city to be her adopted home.