Exploring Photography: Claude Cahun

Jewish aristocrat, turned communist lesbian, after forming a sexual relationship with her step sister, Suzanne Malherbe, also known as Marcel Moore, only tells you half the incredible story of French artist Claude Cahun. Going against the grain was the theme of Cahun’s life, but in a new photography exhibition in Jersey it has come to light she pioneered the infamous ‘selfie’ in the early 1900’s – that most of us have been part of at least once.

Claude Cahun 1928 | Exploring Photography

Claude Cahun self Portait – 1928

Cahun used photography to explore her androgynous nature and rebellious character and in 1937 she moved to a conventional place, St Brelade, where her and Suzanne developed both their surrealist art and their relationship. During the war she continued to live with her partner in Nazi occupied Jersey and regularly antagonised German soldiers by handing them leaflets in an attempt to make them rebel. In 1944 she was caught and sentenced to death but fortunately the Liberation came shortly after and was released from jail in May 1945.

Self Portrait 1928

Claude Cahun self portrait – date unknown

The photography exhibition has opened at the Jersey Museum and Art gallery and will be available to view until September.
To find out more information about the exhibition and how to go and see it click here.