The collector is the true resident of the interior. The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one.
- Walter Benjamin
Trude Fleischmann was an Viennese photographer of Jewish descent, who was one of the early pioneers of women in photography in Europe. In Austria, she was known as the "photographer of the famous," which included numerous celebrities of stage, film, and dance. She is perhaps best known for her portraits which use a slight soft focus. In 1938, she fled the Anschluss as the Nazis took over Austria and fled to Paris, London, and then to New York in 1940, where she reestablished her photo studio.