About Andre de Dienes
Andre de Dienes was born in Transylvania, Romania in 1913, he left home at fifteen and travleled through Europe, before ending up in Tunisia, where he worked odd jobs, learned to paint, and bought his first camera. In 1933 de Dienes arrived in Paris. He made a living selling photographs to the communist newspaper La Humanite and the Associated Press until 1936, when the couturier Captain Molyneux encouraged him to become a fashion photographer. He came to America in 1938 as a young photographer with the help of Esquire Magazine. In New York he worked as a fashion photographer while photographing Harlem street life. He traveled throughout the country, fascinated by the grandeur of the western landscape and the Native American people, documenting their rich culture.
In 1944 he moved to California where he photographed nudes in an outdoor setting, often incorporating his pioneering techniques of photomontage. Fascinated by the
body builders and sun worshipers who congregated on Muscle Beach, he captured their exhibitionism and innocence. To support himself he freelanced for the studios and
photographed Hollywood legends including Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Reagan, Jane Russell, and Anita Ekberg.
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