Grete Stern was born in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany, in 1904. Between 1923 and 1925 she studied graphic arts in the Kunstgewerbeschule, Stuttgart. She studied photography with Walter Peterhans and installed a graphic design and photography studio in Berlin, with her friend Ellen Auerbach, which they named ringl+pit. In 1932 she attended the Bauhaus photography workshop in Dessau during two semesters due to the institution closing when Adolf Hitler assumed power. Because of the political climate, she decided to emigrate to England.