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Cahun, Claude (1894–1954) French photographer and writer, 

A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ian Chilvers,

John Glaves-Smith

born in Nantes as Lucy Schwob. She adopted her androgynous name partly from her grandmother Mathilde Cahun, with whom she lived for much of her childhood, because of the mental illness of her mother. In the early 1920s she moved to Paris, where she established herself as a writer and photographer. Her best-known works are the self-portrait photographs she made, sometimes dressed in male costume with shaved or closely cropped hair, sometimes made up like a doll. In one of the images, ... ...

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