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127th birthday of French author and surrealist photographer Claude Cahun

127th birthday of French author and surrealist shooter Claude Cahun
127th birthday of French author and surrealist shooter Claude Cahun

Moment’s Doodle celebrates the 127th birthday of French author and surrealist shooter Claude Cahun — best- known for their purposefully unsettling yet sportful tone- portrayal photography that challenged the gender and fornication morals of the early 20th century. 
Claude Cahun was born on this day in 1894 in Nantes, France, into a Jewish family. As the grandchild of the influential French artist David Leon Cahun and a child of a review proprietor, Cahun came of age girdled by creativity. At 14, they met Marcel Moore, their lifelong mate and cultural collaborator. After moving to Paris to study literature in 1919, Cahun shaved their head and espoused their celebrated gender-neutral name in rebellion against societal convention. 

Despite gendernon-conformity being extensively considered taboo in 1920s Paris, Cahun’s decision to intimately identify asnon-binary met with contestation, but they explicitly rejected the public fuss. Cahun explored gender-fluidity through literature and melancholic tone- picture similar as the 1927 series “ I'm in training, do n’t kiss me.” This work depicted the artist costumed as a feminized weightlifter, blurring the line between mannish and womanlike conceptions. In addition to their lifelong cultural work, Cahun worked with others to repel fascist occupation. The French government awarded their sweats with the Order of French Gratitude in 1951. 
In 2018, the Paris City Council named a road in honor of Cahun and Moore in the French capital’s sixth quarter, where the brace formerly lived. In addition to adding focus on their pioneering work in the Surrealist movement and breaking down gender walls in the photographic trades, Cahun’s work has told gender bending celebrities, the ultramodern LGBTQ community, and exchanges on identity and expression to this day. 

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