d’Ora (Dora Kallmus) / Arthur Benda

Anita Berber

Josephine Baker

Grete Wiesenthal

Dora Philippine Kallmus (20 March 1881 – 28 October 1963), also known as Madame D'Ora or Madame d'Ora, was an Austrian fashion and portrait photographer. In 1907, she established her own studio with Arthur Benda in Vienna called the Atelier d’Ora or Madame D'Ora-Benda. The name was based on the pseudonym "Madame d'Ora", which she used professionally. D’Ora and Benda operated a summer studio from 1921 to 1926 in Karlsbad (in today’s Czech Republic), and opened another gallery in Paris in 1925. The Karlsbad gallery allowed D'Ora to cater to the "international elite vacationers." These same clients later convinced her to open her Paris studio. Her work was featured in numerous magazines.

Elsie Altmann-Loos

Alexander Girardi

Harry Walden

Madame d’Ora became known internationally primarily with portraits of Viennese artists and intellectuals. She took photographs of Alma Mahler-Werfel, Arthur Schnitzler, Anna Pawlowa, Alexander Girardi, Gustav Klimt, Emilie Louise Flöge, Marie Gutheil-Schoder, Berta Zuckerkandl, Max Reinhardt, Karl Kraus, Adolf Loos, Tina Blau and Maria Jeritza – to name a few.

Arthur Benda (23 March 1885, in Berlin – 7 September 1969, in Vienna) was a German photographer. From 1907 to 1938 he worked in the photo studio d'Ora in Vienna, from 1921 as a partner of Dora Kallmus and from 1927 under the name d'Ora-Benda as the sole owner. 

In 1938 he opened a new studio at the Kärntnerring in Vienna, which he continued to operate under his own name after the Second World War.

Ferdinand Onno

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