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June 27, 2016

52 Vintage Snapshots Capture Young Women Jauntily Posing in Trees From Between the 1920s and 1950s

“You know, I don’t know how one can walk by a tree and not be happy at the sight of it?” writes Fyodor Dostoyevsky in The Idiot. Perhaps this sentence could also be used to explain the theme of women in trees that was so popular between the twenties and fifties.

German enthusiastic collector Jochen Raiß discovered this subject during his flea market excursions. He pulled black-and-white photographs out of boxes in which he found numerous snapshots of other’s lives wildly thrown together. They feature young women at dizzying heights who, at times, smile into the camera as if they were in love. Raiß assembled the finds from this charming genre that he compiled over a period of twenty-five years and put them into a book curated by Berlin-based publisher Hatje Cantz, titled Women in Trees.

Whether they were sweetly modelling for their lovers or just tasting a bit of adventure is still a mystery, although Raiß has his own romantically infused theory about their intentions: “They’re well-dressed, look happy, and some of them seem to be really in love. They’re young people who went out with a camera, got up to some shenanigans, and captured their happiness in a snapshot.”

(Women in Trees, Courtesy of Jochen Raiß and Hatje Cantz, via AnOther)


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