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Surreal Photomontages That Destroyed Gender Stereotypes Of The 30s And 40s

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Surreal Photomontages That Destroyed Gender Stereotypes Of The 30s And 40s

Grete Stern was a German photographer who that fought against gender stereotypes of the 30s and 40s with her strange and surreal images.

Born in Germany in 1904, Stern's photomontages blend typography, advertising, and avant-garde photography to create unconventional depictions of women.

In a time when women were expected to keep quiet and stay at home, Stern joined the Bauhaus school and began making work that looks like it could have come straight from a dream.

Stern's surreal images feature women as lost and domestic figures. Their eyes are glazed over and hollow. One woman sits at the base of a lamp, kneeling and looking to the side as a giant hand reaches for her.

Another woman holds a telephone yet seems to have lost her mouth. She is speechless and lost.

The message here is clear – women are treated as objects. And these photomontages represents how it feels to be lost in that stereotype.

Though the Nazi invasion of Germany forced Stern to leave her home country, she continued to produce work as she moved first to England and later Argentina. The home she shared with her partner in Argentina became a meeting place for displaced Jews and other war refugees.

Learn more about Stern's life and photomontage work here.

Via Vintage ES

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