Germaine Krull  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
surrealist photography

Germaine Krull (29 November 1897 – 31 July 1985), was a photographer, political activist, and hotel owner. Her nationality has been categorized as German, Polish, French, and Dutch, but she spent years in Brazil, Republic of the Congo, Thailand, and India. Described as "an especially outspoken example" of a group of early 20th-century female photographers who "could lead lives free from convention", she is best known for photographically-illustrated books such as her 1928 portfolio Métal.


Selected works

Krull's archives are kept at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.


  • Krull, Germaine. Métal. Paris: Librairie des arts décoratifs, 1928. (New facsimile edition published in 2003 by Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Köln.)
  • Krull, Germaine. 100 x Paris. Berlin-Westend: Verlag der Reihe, 1929.
  • Bucovich, Mario von. Paris. New York: Random House, 1930. (With photographs by Krull.)
  • Colette. La Chatte. Paris: B. Grasset, 1930. (With photographs by Krull.)
  • Krull, Germaine. Études de Nu. Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1930.
  • Nerval, Gérard de, and Germaine Krull. Le Valois. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1930.
  • Warnod, André. Visages de Paris. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1930. (With photographs by Krull.)
  • Krull, Germaine, and Claude Farrère. La Route Paris-Biarritz. Paris: Jacques Haumont, 1931.
  • Morand, Paul, and Germaine Krull. Route de Paris à la Méditerranée. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1931.
  • Simenon, Georges, and Germaine Krull. La Folle d'Itteville. Paris: Jacques Haumont, 1931.
  • Krull, Germaine, and André Suarès. Marseille. Paris: Librairie Plon, 1935.
  • Krull, Germaine, Raúl Lino, and Ruy Ribeiro Couto. Uma Cidade Antiga do Brasil, Ouro Preto. Lisboa: Edições Atlântico, 1943.
  • Vailland, Roger. La Bataille d'Alsace (Novembre-Décembre 1944). Paris: Jacques Haumont, 1945. (With photographs by Krull.)
  • Krull, Germaine. Chiengmai. Bangkok: Assumption Printing Press, 1950–1959?
  • Krull, Germaine, and Dorothea Melchers. Bangkok: Siam's City of Angels. London: R. Hale, 1964.
  • Krull, Germaine, and Dorothea Melchers. Tales from Siam. London: R. Hale, 1966.
  • Krull, Germaine. Tibetans in India. Bombay: Allied Publishers, 1968.
  • Krull, Germaine. La Vita Conduce la Danza. Firenze: Giunti, 1992. ISBN 8809202198. (Unpublished autobiography of Krull in French, La Vie Mène la Danse or "Life Leads the Dance", translated into Italian by Giovanna Chiti.)


  • Six pour Dix Francs (France, 1930)
  • Il Partit pour un Long Voyage (France, 1932)

See also

  1. André Kertész
  2. Masao Horino
  3. Eli Lotar
  4. Black Star (photo agency)
  5. Pierre Mac Orlan

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