Fred Stein photography is in the collections of the National Musuem of American Art, the International Center of Photography, The National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian) and the Musee Carnavalet (Paris).
Fred Stein was born in Dresden Germany in 1909. He became a brilliant law student and fervent anti-Nazi activist. In 1933 he fled to Paris and living among a circle of expatriate artists and intellectuals he took up Photography and with his Lieca became a pioneer of the new hand held 35mm format.
When war was declared, Stein was put into an internment camp. As the Nazis invaded Paris, he managed to escape and was reunited with his wife and infant daughter in Marseilles, where the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, bound for New York.
In addition to documentary street photography, Fred Stein did portraits of over 1200 personalities, including Albert Einstein, Herman Hesse, Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Wright, Salvador Dali, John Steinbeck and Marc Chagall.