Anya Teixeira

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Anya Teixeira 1961

Anya Teixeira (B. Ukraine, 1913 — D. London, 1992) was a Ukrainian-born British street photographer and photojournalist.

Teixeira's family escaped the Russian Revolution in 1917, through a rescue mounted by her uncle Morris Gest, a New York impresario. The family settled in Berlin in 1924 so as to be near at hand for the expected overthrow of the Bolshevik regime. Fifteen years later her family had to flee from the Nazis. Arriving in England in April, 1939, she found that refugees like her were only allowed to be domestic servants or factory workers but she was eventually allowed an office job. She was to be penned into various secretarial positions until her retirement in 1975. Photography was a spare time activity taken up seriously as late as 47. Three years later she co-founded the Creative Photo Group in London which drew approval from the historians Helmut and Alison Gernsheim in their book, "A Concise History of Photography".

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"I find it somewhat difficult to make statements about my work in words and think that this is best done through my photography, but the following observations may serve. I like experimentation in photography but not overstepping the dividing line between artistic expression and gimmickry for its own sake. Though attracted by abstracts and graphic shapes, I find people the most rewarding subject because of the infinite variety this offers. As I am involved with theatrical photography and believe that specialization can be limiting, I like to compensate by taking people 'off stage' or rather off guard, children in particular."

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  • Dr Walter Boje (Editor) Foto Prisma, April 1963
  • Anya Teixeira (Contributor) AP, Calls for formation of Creative Photo Group, 14 August 1963
  • Ainslie Ellis (Reviewer) British Journal of Photography, 16 October 1964
  • Anya Teixeira (Invited Reviewer) The Photographic Journal of the Royal Photographic Society, November 1967

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