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Jean Cocteau at Work / Photo
Cocteau, Jean,
1889 – 1963,
French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker.

Jean Cocteau at work.

Walter Limot (1902 - 1984)

was born in 1902 in Berlin as Walter Lichtenstein. at the beginning of the twenties he was proposed as a young photo lab assistant Ernst Lubitsch for photo shoots and began his career as one of the first still photographers of German film.

With the exodus of filmmakers after the seizure of power by the National Socialists, Walter Lichtenstein went into exile in Paris in 1933, where he worked as a photographer under the name Walter Limot and enjoyed great recognition.

During the Second World War, he volunteered for the Foreign Legion to avoid internment as an enemy alien in France. From 1939 until demobilization after the German-French truce in 1940, he served in North Africa. After the occupation of the southern zone of France by German troops in 1942, Limot worked for the underground network of the oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants to rescue Jewish children in occupied France.

Many of his photographs and negatives were lost during the war. After the end of the war he returned to Paris with his family in 1945, and in 1947 he and his wife were granted French citizenship. Walter Limot continued his work as a photographer for the film until the end of the 1960s. He died in November 1984 in Paris.
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