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By Cahun, Claude; Cahun, Claude; Doy, Gen

The first full-length name in English at the celebrated photographer Claude Cahun whose paintings was once rediscovered within the Eighties.

This vigorous and unique e-book appears at Cahun and her oeuvre within the contexts of the turbulent occasions within which she lived. Surveying ordinary postmodernist ways to Cahun, born Lucy Schwob, Doy is going extra, positioning Cahun's images as a part of her lifestyles as a girl, lesbian and political activist within the early 20th century. Doy considers Cahun's relationships with Symbolism after which Surrealism and her method of costume and masquerade, assessing the photographs within the context of the location of girls on the time and in the winning model and sweetness tradition. She additionally can pay realization to her curious pictures of built items and re-evaluates the prestige of Cahun's small-scale snapshots as photos.

Enormously readable, 'Claude Cahun' ultimately presents a fuller photo of this crucial artist's lifestyles and work.

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It is very likely that this photograph was made in collaboration with Suzanne Malherbe, whom Cahun had met in 1909. 18 I do not want to argue at length here about the contribution of both/either to the photographs. Clearly, there is a degree of collaboration, perhaps varying at certain times, or even from image to image. I believe, however, that photographs of/by Cahun exist on a continuum of constructed images by herself and by others, ranging from passport photographs to images of Cahun dressed in theatrical costume as a character in a play.

Already aware of anti-Semitic prejudice (she was sent to school in England in 1907– 1908 to avoid the antipathy to French Jews during the second review of the Dreyfus case), she was made aware that her relationship with Suzanne Malherbe was a ‘problem’. 37 From this time she became Claude Cahun, until her use of the name Lucie Schwob as a ‘nom de guerre’ in the Second World War. CONTEXTUALISING IDENTITIES During this earlier part of her life, Cahun encountered various prejudices which were to influence her views on culture, society and, later, revolutionary politics.

Even a background of wealth and culture could not guarantee acceptance and equality for lesbians and gay men. In my understanding of the designation ‘lesbian’, I am in basic agreement with Florence Tamagne, who states that homosexual acts are universal and appear to have existed throughout history. 52 There is some debate, however, as to when specifically homosexual male and female identities emerged in modern Europe. 53 I will be using the terminology proposed by Francesca Canadé Sautman: The words ‘lesbian’ and ‘lesbianism’ designate social and sexual practices, and the women engaging in them, through which women elect other women exclusively or habitually as the affectional or sexual focus of their lives.

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