Evita Perón by Gisèle Freund

Gisèle Freund (1908 – Paris) was a German-born French photographer and photojournalist, famous for her documentary photography and portraits of writers and artists.

In 1947, Freund signed a contract with Magnum Photos as a Latin America contributor, but by 1954, she was declared persona non grata by the U.S. Government at the height of the Red Scare for her socialist views, and Robert Capa forced her to break ties with Magnum.

In 1950, her photocoverage of an bejewelled Eva Peron for Life Magazine caused a diplomatic stir between the United States and Argentina and upset many of Peron’s supporters—the ostentatious photographs went against the official party line of austerity; Life Magazine was blacklisted in Argentina, Freund had to escape the country with her negatives. She moved to Mexico and became friends with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Luis Orozco. 

In 1953, she moved back to Paris permanently.

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Evita Perón, on national holiday, Buenos Aires, 1950
Black-and-white photograph; Fiber Base Silver Gelatine Print; white outline border

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Evita Perón, preparing for National Holiday, Buenos Aires, 1950
Black-and-white photograph; Fiber Base Silver Gelatine Print; white outline border

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Evita Perón, plays with her two poodles, Buenos Aires, 1950
Black-and-white photograph; Fiber Base Silver Gelatine Print; white outlin

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Evita Perón, shows her hat collection, Buenos Aires, 1950
Black-and-white photograph; Fiber Base Silver Gelatine Print; white outline border.

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