From Liberation to Liberty by Erich Lessing - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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Erich Lessing received his first camera when he exited the synagogue from his bar mitzvah in Vienna in 1936. "There was no idea of taking up photography as a profession," said Lessing. "In a good Jewish family in Vienna you would only be a lawyer or a doctor."

But the camera stayed with Lessing when he left Austria for Israel in 1939 to escape the Nazis. There he took photographs for the British army. When he returned to Austria in 1947, he started working as a photojournalist. His interest was the newly communist Eastern Europe, and the photographs he took in Austria and in Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 have become Cold War icons.

"From Liberation to Liberty" is Lessing's magnificent photographic record documenting Austria's path from liberation by the Allies from Nazi rule at the end of World War II to the foundation of the Second Republic and independence in 1955.

  • Format: Softcover
  • Publisher: Verlag Der Metamorphosen
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-3950195811

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by Erich Lessing. This book is a retrospective of Lessing's work about post-WWII Austria, documenting its liberation from Nazi rule, to its independence from Allied occupiers.


Erich Lessing received his first camera when he exited the synagogue from his bar mitzvah in Vienna in 1936. "There was no idea of taking up photography as a profession," said Lessing. "In a good Jewish family in Vienna you would only be a lawyer or a doctor."

But the camera stayed with Lessing when he left Austria for Israel in 1939 to escape the Nazis. There he took photographs for the British army. When he returned to Austria in 1947, he started working as a photojournalist. His interest was the newly communist Eastern Europe, and the photographs he took in Austria and in Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 have become Cold War icons.

"From Liberation to Liberty" is Lessing's magnificent photographic record documenting Austria's path from liberation by the Allies from Nazi rule at the end of World War II to the foundation of the Second Republic and independence in 1955.

  • Format: Softcover
  • Publisher: Verlag Der Metamorphosen
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • ISBN: 978-3950195811

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.