NORA DUMAS

(née Kelenföldi Telkes Nóra, 1890-1979)

Nora Dumas was a Hungarian photographer who worked mainly in Paris, where she moved to in 1913. However, after spending 1914-1917 in an internment camp, she fled to the United States where she met and married the Swiss architect Adriene Émile Dumas. Upon returning to France, the couple settled in Moisson where Nora began photographing rural life in the villages along the Seine. In 1929, Ergy Landau (1896-1967) took Dumas on as an assistant in her Parisian studio, where they worked together for ten years producing notable fashion photographs, nudes, and portraits of adults and children. She later joined the agency Rapho, which was set up by Charles Rado to represent fellow Hungarian refugee photographers including Brassaï (1899-1984), Ergy Landau and Ylla (1911-1955). Over the course of her career, Dumas’ photography was published in several important magazines, such as VuBifurPhotographieParis MagazineFollies and Life. Nora Dumas died on 23rd May 1979 at her home, Pension du Sautoir d’Or in Genthood, Switzerland. 

Elderly woman. Photograph in 'Photo 1931' book

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Horse. Photograph in 'Photo 1931' book

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Cows. Photograph in 'Photo 1931' book

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Elderly woman. Photograph in 'Photo 1931' book

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