This exquisite collection of photographs is the first to assemble rare and personal pictures of psychoanalytic pioneers: Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Marie Bonaparte, Paul Federn, Michael Balint, Sándor Ferenczi, Otto Fenichel and many others – taken between 1932 and 1938 by Edward Bibring, a close colleague of Sigmund Freud.
Edward Bibring (1894–1959) belonged to the small group of Viennese analysts who worked closely together with Freud after World War I. He was also editor of the »Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse«, which Freud had founded and continued to support. Being a passionate photographer, Bibring managed to take very personal photographs of his fellow psychoanalysts mostly during psychoanalytic congresses. To escape the Nazis, Bibring and his wife Grete emigrated to London and later to Boston, where he retained his interest in photography and recorded this psychoanalytic era in pictures.
The collection of photographs is fully captioned and, in addition, it is accompanied by informative biographical sketches of the more than 70 psychoanalysts who could be identified. It is a unique gateway to an era of great historic significance.