description: (see my blog about Assia and Roger Schall's role in introducing her to the modeling world) born in 1904, Roger Schall was one of the most renowned photographers of the 1930s & 1940s. he worked in all photographic disciplines from fashion, portraits, nudes, still lives & reporting. he began working with his father, a portrait photographer in 1918. 10 years later he would be one of the first reporters to work with a leica or rolleiflex. in 1939, he closed the studio-agency he had opened with his brother .
From june 1940 to august 1944 he photographed german occupied paris - hiding the negatives so they would not be seen by the censors. when the occupation was over his brother, raymond schall, published a book: a paris sous la botte des nazis (paris under the heel of the nazis) that was illustrated with the photographs of roger schall, parry, doisneau, the seeberger brothers and many others. He then continued working in fashion, doing commercial & publicity work instead of news reporting. from 1970 until his death in 1995, he would manage his archive of some 80,000 images.