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Claude Cahun

1894 - 1954

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Claude Cahun (French pronunciation: ​[klod ka.œ̃], born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob; 25 October 1894 – 8 December 1954) was a French surrealist photographer, sculptor, and writer.Schwob adopted the pseudonym Claude Cahun in 1914. Cahun is best known as a writer and self-portraitist, who assumed a variety of performative personae. In her writing she consistently referred to herself as "elle" (she), and this article follows her practice; but she also said that her actual gender was fluid. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claude Cahun has received more than 1,138,084 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Claude Cahun is the 11th most popular photographer (up from 41st in 2019), the 1,000th most popular biography from France (up from 2,458th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Photographer.

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Among photographers, Claude Cahun ranks 11 out of 105Before her are Helmut Newton, Alberto Korda, Robert Doisneau, Dora Maar, Vivian Maier, and Heinrich Hoffmann. After her are Alfred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Felice Beato, Annie Leibovitz, and Nobuyoshi Araki.

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Among people born in 1894, Claude Cahun ranks 40Before her are Karl Böhm, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Otto Grotewohl, Heinrich Lübke, Paul Blobel, and Josef von Sternberg. After her are Nazli Sabri, Kim Hyong-jik, Alexander Dovzhenko, Elisabeth of Romania, Edogawa Ranpo, and Lothar von Richthofen. Among people deceased in 1954, Claude Cahun ranks 21Before her are Dziga Vertov, Otto Diels, Andrey Vyshinsky, Machine Gun Kelly, The French Angel, and Jacinto Benavente. After her are Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Auguste Perret, Hannes Meyer, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Martin Andersen Nexø, and Charles Ives.

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Among people born in France, Claude Cahun ranks 1,000 out of 6,011Before her are Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1156), Jacques Demy (1931), Princess Clémentine of Orléans (1817), Annie Ernaux (1940), Jean-Baptiste Bessières (1768), and Jean Rochefort (1930). After her are Robert I, Count of Artois (1216), René Girard (1923), Antoine Galland (1646), Charles-Marie Widor (1844), Lucien Laurent (1907), and Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656).


Among photographers born in France, Claude Cahun ranks 5Before her are Nadar (1820), Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908), Robert Doisneau (1912), and Dora Maar (1907). After her are Elliott Erwitt (1928), Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894), Hippolyte Bayard (1801), Sabine Weiss (1924), André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819), Marc Riboud (1923), and Sophie Calle (1953).