Roger Schall German Officers at the Cabaret Shéhérazade, Paris
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1940 Print Date 1950s
Dimensions 9-7/8 x 9-3/8 in. (251 x 238 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
The casual nudity of the dancer and the appreciative glances from the German WWII officers seems to show that at least some of the French enjoyed the German occupation of Paris. One of Schall's most important and well-known images in an early print.
Schall's 1940's stamp on verso along with other notations, date (1940), and reproduction notes that show this photo was used in a publication. Does glow a bit under black light, so likely to be a 1950s print.
Born in 1904, Roger Schall was one of the most renowned photographers of the 1930s and 1940s. He worked in all photographic disciplines, including fashion, portraits, nudes, still lifes and photo journalism.
Schall began working with his father, a portrait photographer, in 1918. Ten years later he would be one of the first reporters to work with a small hand-held Leica or Rolleiflex.
By 1939, he closed the studio-agency he had opened with his brother. From June 1940 to August 1944 he photographed German-occupied Paris, hiding his negatives so they would not be seen and confiscated by the censors. When the occupation was over his brother, Raymond Schall, published a book: A Paris sous la Botte des Nazis (Paris under the Heel of the Nazis) that was illustrated with photographs by his brother, Roger Parry, Robert Doisneau, the Seeberger brothers and many others.
Roger Schall then continued working in fashion, focusing on commercial and publicity work instead of reportage. From 1970 until his death in 1995, he would manage his archive of some 80,000 images.
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