Roman Vishniac (American, 1897-1997)
gelatin silver print, Image: 39.0 x 39.0 cm (15-3/8 x 15-3/8 inches); Paper: 50.5 x 40.5 cm (19-7/8 x 15-15/16 inches). Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn 2017.36
From 1935 to 1938, Roman Vishniac traveled throughout Central and Eastern Europe photographing impoverished Jewish communities for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Born and raised in Russia, Vishniac moved to Germany after the Russian Revolution, then to France to escape the Nazis, and in 1940 immigrated to New York. His images of Jewish life convey the privations of discrimination and record a culture and way of life that was extinguished by the Nazis and World War II.
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