Nienstedtener Friedhof Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Leonore Mau (August 1, 1916 in Leipzig – September 22, 2013 in Hamburg) was a German photographer.
Mau studied stage design at the Leipzig School of Applied Arts and completed an apprenticeship as a press photographer. She married an architect with whom she had two children. After the end of the Second World War, the family moved to Hamburg. From 1953 she worked as a photographer for various magazines, initially taking mainly architectural photographs. From 1962 she lived and worked together with the writer Hubert Fichte, with whom she travelled to Brazil for the first time in 1969. "Leonore Mau photographs the second of ecstasy as it explodes from prayer, water, smoke, milk, blood; and its worldly counterpart, sunkenness. It depicts the realm of religions, sacred places and actions [...]". In the following years they researched the African-American religions in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Leonore Mau last lived in Hamburg-Othmarschen. She was buried in the Nienstedten cemetery in the grave of Fichte.
In 2002 she showed her works at the Kunsthalle Basel. The group exhibition Economies of the Time of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst was shown in 2002/2003 at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, among others. In 2005, the exhibition paid tribute to Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau, The writer and the photographer, the life's work of Spruce and Mau. In 2007 she was represented in the group exhibition Wege zur Selbstverständlichkeit – Set 4 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur. In 2014, the Haus der Photographie in Hamburg showed an homage under the title The Second Face. The photographer and filmmaker Nathalie David knew Mau and curated the exhibition for the artist's 100th birthday under the title Hamburg in die Welt, which was shown from November 2016 to April 2017 in Hamburg's Jenisch-Haus.
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