The German actress Marlene Dietrich was a popular icon who continued to reinvent herself. Worked both as actress and singer, Dietrich was noted for her humanitarian efforts in the war as she housed German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating their US citizenship.
The actress embodied the absolute glamour of being a celebrity -- through film, cinema, live performance and music, radically engaged in advocating against the rule of totalitarianism and dictatorship, such as in her home Germany.
From the collection of an admirer, Pierre Passebon, he brings 2000 photographs of the 20th-century icon. The shots in the collection were rarely seen despite being taken by famous photographers -- such as Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Milton Greene, Francois Gragnon, George Hurrell, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Cecil Beaton, Willy Rizzo and many more.
Catch the on-going show Obsession Marlene at the European Museum of Photography, running through February 25.
Images are from the press kit.