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Inside 'Shakespeare and Co.'; James Joyce with Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1938 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Freund, Gisèle, born 1908 - died 2000 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John and Judith Hillelson

  • Museum number:

    E.82-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2H, shelf DR8, box PHOTO

Gisèle Freund (1908 - 2000) was a Jewish German-born photographer who fled Nazi Germany, arriving in Paris in 1933. Adrienne Monnier, who ran the famed bookshop, La Maison des Amis des Livres, took her under her wing and introduced her to Paris’s literary figures. Monnier was the long-time partner of Sylvia Beach who ran the equally renowned Shakespeare & Company English language bookshop nearby. After a time Freund replaced Beach as Monnier's partner but the three remained close friends. As the Nazis came to occupy Paris, Freund managed to escape to Argentina and in 1947 became the first woman to sign a contract with Magnum Photos.

Physical description

Black and white photograph (gelatin-silver print) of James Joyce sitting at a table with two women, surrounded by bookshelves and tables covered with books.

The scene is inside the bookshop, Shakespeare and Co. when it was situated on the Rue de l'Odeon in Paris. It shows James Joyce with Sylvia Beach, the daughter of an American clergyman, who published in 1922 the first edition of Ulysses. Adrienne Monnier, who published the French translation is also pictured.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1938 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Freund, Gisèle, born 1908 - died 2000 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

James Joyce with Sylvia Beach, the daughter of an American clergyman, who publishes in 1922 the first edition of Ulysses and Adrienne Monnier, publisher of the French translation. Inside ‘Shakespeare and Co.’, rue de l’Odeon in Paris.
Distributor's identification; English; handwritten

John Hillelson Agency
Retailer's identification; reverse

Dimensions

Height: 16.9 cm, Width: 24.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph, taken inside 'Shakespeare and Co.', James Joyce with Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, by Gisèle Freund, Paris, 1938

Subjects depicted

Lesbians

Categories

Photographs; LGBTQ

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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