Anne Fischer (1914-1986) was born in Berlin and orphaned at sixteen. After training as a photographer’s apprentice in a portrait studio in Germany, she fled that country shortly before World War II and arrived in Cape Town in 1937 as a penniless Jewish refugee. There she established a reputation as a fine portrait photographer and ran a flourishing commercial business. By the 1960s she was regarded as Cape Town’s pre-eminent wedding and theater photographer. Several other prominent women photographers of the time, including Jansje Wissema, trained in her studio. Fischer was not only a successful commercial photographer: she also produced a substantial body of documentary work. In the late 1930s she joined Cape Town’s political left and produced images in Langa, the rural areas of the former Transkei and Basutoland, and the ‘coloured’ missionary town of Genadendal . While a small selection of her digitized negatives can be seen below, additional examples of her work can be found across several other archives in the University of Cape Town Libraries Special Collections.