James Abbe (1883-1973) was an American photographer who moved to Paris in the 1920s after working in Hollywood and began focusing on fashion. His work was published in such magazines as American Vogue, Vogue France, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. Like many other fashion photographers of the time period many of his subjects were actors and his subjects included Fred and Adele Astaire, Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, and the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. In the 1930s he began photographing the Spanish Civil War and then continued to work as a photojournalist throughout World War II, and eventually took Josef Stalin’s first official potraits.
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