Riess was born in Czarnikau in the Prussian Province of Posen where her Jewish parents were shopkeepers. At the end of the 1890s, the family moved to Berlin where she first studied sculpture under Hugo Lederer (c. 1907) and later photography at the Berlin « Photographischen Lehranstalt », receiving her diploma in the summer of 1915.
In 1918, she opened a business on the prestigious Kurfürstendamm; it became one of the most popular studios in the city. Partly as a result of her marriage to the journalist Rudolf Leonhard in the early 1920s, she extended her clientele to celebrities such as playwright Walter Hasenclever, novelist Gerhart Hauptmann and actors and actresses including Tilla Durieux, Asta Nielsen and Emil Jannings. While on a trip to Italy in 1929, she was invited to photograph Benito Mussolini. In addition, she contributed to the journals and magazines of the day including Die Dame, Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, Der Weltspiegel, Querschnit and Koralle
Her success in Berlin was however short-lived. In 1932, after falling in love with the elderly French ambassador in Berlin, she moved to Paris with him, disappearing from the public eye. Even the date of her death cannot be clearly established and her place of burial remains unknown (source wilkipedia)
Jindřich Vaněk (1888-1965)
Jindřich Vaněk was born 9th of August 1888 In Rokycany, died 19th November 1965 in Prague. He studied architecture in Darmstadt in Germany, later he worked with famous Czech architect Josef Gocar.
In 1914 he opened photographic studio in Prague “Vanek and Kanderal”, from 1918 had his own studio in Prague. He was famous mainly for his nudes. An album of his nudes was published in 1932 titled “Apotheosis”. He also made portraits of celebrities. Several of his works were included in the exhibition “The Nude in Czech Photography” curated by Vladamir Birgus (Prague Castle, 1999). Four of his full page photographs are in Czech/English catalogue published by KANT in Prague. He was one of the most important Czech photographers of nudes and portraits between two world wars