Erich Lessing

(1923-2018)

 

Erich Lessing was a very important Austrian photographer, who worked for MAGNUM PHOTOS between 1955 and 1979.
He was born in Vienna into a Jewish family and was forced to leave Austria in 1939 because of Hitler’s rise to power.

His mother remained in Vienna and later was murdered at Auschwitz.

After the war Lessing returned to Austria in 1947. His photographs were published internationally in Time, Fortune, Life, Paris Match, Picture Post, Epoca and Quick. He documented politics in post-war Europe, especially in Communist countries.

In the 50s he travelled to Turkey and documented the wave of expulsion of Bullgarian Turks.

Erich Lessing’s photographs are published here for the first time.

All his photographs from this trip can be seen here:
https://archive.lessingimages.com/theme/2550

 

Pictures from Erich Lessing

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951.
Refugees wait to be resettled in Turkey. In the meantime, laundry dries on the wire surrounding the temporary camp.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Women in traditional trousers wait to be vaccinated.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Arrival by train.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Arrival by train.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Arrival by train.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Refugees waiting to register at the reception center at the Edirne train station.

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Ethnic Turks expelled from Bulgaria flee to Edirne, Turkey, 1951. 

Young boy carrying provisions.

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Within a few weeks, some 150.000 ethnic Turks, expelled
 from Bulgaria, arrived by train in Edirne, Turkey,1951.

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Ethnic Turks, expelled from Bulgaria, arrive by train in Edirne,Turkey,1951.
Refugees carrying their possessions, among them kitchen stoves.

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Ethnic Turks,expelled from Bulgaria, arrive in an Anatolian village where they will settle after their brief stay at the refugee camp in Edirne, Turkey, 1951

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