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Irene Bayer-Hecht (American, 1898-1991)

Chicago-born Irene Bayer grew up in Hungary and, in 1920, attended the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin. She lived in Paris, from 1923-1924, where she met Lęger and Picasso. In 1925, she married Bauhaus instructor Herbert Bayer and studied photography in Leipzig and at Bauhasu-Dessau in order to assist in her husband's photographic work. They separated in 1928, and she moved to Berlin. Her work was included in the 1929 Film und Foto exhibition held in Stuttgart. Bayer returned to the United States in 1938 and gave up photography to work as a translator.
- Anita Ogard

Selected Bibliography
Boxer, Sarah. "Photography and the Bauhaus: Up, Down, All Around and Quite Silly Beside." The New York Times (June 22, 2001).

Fiedler, Jeannine. Photography at the Bauhaus. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1990.

Rosenblum, Naomi. A History of Women Photographers. Paris, New York: Abbeville Press, 1994.


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