A portrait of Maya Deren by her husband, Alexander Hammid.

Alexandr Hackenschmied (1907 – 2004) was a leading photographer and filmmaker in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. His film, Meshes of the Afternoon, which he made with filmmaker Maya Deren — to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947 — has become an icon of avant-garde cinema in the U.S. He changed his name to Alexander Hammid when he became a citizen of the United States in 1942.

Here is a photo he shot of his wife, Maya Deren in 1945.

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