Glamorous Photos by Trude Fleischmann (1895–1990)

Trude Fleischmann (1895–1990) was an Austrian-born American photographer, who  became a notable society photographer in Vienna in the 1920s.

With the Anschluss in 1938, Fleischmann was forced to leave the country. She moved first to Paris, then to London and finally, together with her former studient and companion Helen Post, in April 1939 to New York. In 1940, she opened a studio on West 56th Street next to Carnegie Hall which she ran with Frank Elmer who had also emigrated from Vienna.

In addition to scenes of New York City, she photographed celebrities and notable immigrants including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oskar Kokoschka, Lotte Lehmann, Otto von Habsburg, Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and Arturo Toscanini. 

She also worked as a fashion photographer, contributing to magazines such as Vogue. She established a close friendship with the photographer Lisette Model.


Trude Fleischmann
Hedy Pfundmayr mit Fledermauskopfputz, um 1925
signiert: „Es gibt nichts Besseres als Pessl’s Schönheitscreme“
Silbergelatineabzug, 22,6 x 14,5 cm
© Photoinstitut Bonartes via

Trude Fleischmann

The dancer Tilly Losch by Trude Fleischmann via


 Ernst Mafray (dancer, choreographer, actor and director, seated)
Kata Sterna (actress and dancer) by Trude Fleischmann via


Trude Fleischmann, Study with glass sphere, Vienna 1923 via