Madame d’Ora: Portrait of Viennese dancer Miss Mismara (vintage photo)
8.25×6.5″ trimed glossy photograph printed late 20s or 30s, three d’Ora Benda Wein copyright stamps on reverse, title label tipped on reverse, very fie condition.
Dora Kallmus (1881 – October 28, 1963) was an Austrian photographer.
With Arthur Benda, she opened a photography studio under the pseudonym Madame d’Ora in Vienna in 1907. She was popular among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy, and worked as a salon photographer until she left Vienna for Paris in 1925. In Paris, she became internationally known for her society and fashion photography during the 1930s and 1940s. Her subjects included Josephine Baker, Tamara de Lempicka, Alban Berg, Niddy Impekoven, Maurice Chevalier, Colette, and other dancers, actors, painters, and writers.
“In that city, (Vienna) the photographic salon Madam d’Ora (from her name, Dora Kalmus), earned a well-deserved international reputation. When the Nazi’s overwhelmed Austria, “Madame d’-Ora” moved to Jerusalem to become the first woman-operated photographic establishment in Israel.”– from “Jews in Photography” by George Gilbert