DM: Strange, seductive, and surreal erotica from 1920s – 30s Vienna

Atelier Manassé was a highly successful photographic studio established by husband and wife team Adorján von Wlássics (1893 – 1946) and Olga Solarics (1896 – 1969) in Austria in 1924—though some sources cite 1922.

Principally based in Vienna—with a smaller office in Berlin—the studio flourished during the 1920s and 1930s. It was known for producing highly flattering portrait photography of film, theater and cabaret stars. It could be said Adorján and Olga were the airbrush pioneers of their day—artfully painting out any blemishes or wrinkles and reducing the unsightly flab from legs and waists. The resulting photographs were mass produced and sold to fans as much sought after postcards.

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