Irena Blühová

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Self-portrait, 1931-32. 23.5 x 17.8 cm. SNG.
Born March 2, 1904(1904-03-02)
Považská Bystrica, Austria-Hungary
Died November 30, 1991(1991-11-30) (aged 87)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Collections Art museums in Slovakia (Web umenia)
Web Wikipedia-SK

Irena Blühová (1904-91) was a photographer.

Blühová began photographing in 1924 using Görz Tenax, focusing on everyday life in Slovak countryside. Later she went to study photography and typography under Walter Peterhans at Bauhaus Dessau (1931-33). With the school closed by the Nazis, she returned to Bratislava, where she ran a bookshop Blüh popular among writers, artists, students as well as workers, organising the series of small exhibitions, Umenie za tovar [Art for Goods]. With her friends from leftist intellectual circles including Barbora Zsigmondiová, Rosa Neyová, and Fric Stroh, she founded the Sociofoto association. Later she studied at Karel Plicka's film school in Bratislava, and taught at the School of Arts and Crafts. John Heartfield used her works in his photomontages.

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