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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.11

In the catalog which accompanies the portfolio, Vishniac explained "The basement was divided by wood boards into twenty-six living quarters. This apartment was the most expensive because a little light came from above. But when pedestrians walked on the pavement grating, even this room became dark. This man was working the whole day. The work made it impossible to breath because metal dust was everywhere."

Original created by Roman Vishniac, 1936, Warsaw, Poland. Reproduced from original negative by Witkin-Berley Limited, 1977, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Artwork Title
One room Apartment-Workshop, Warsaw, 1936
Series Title
1 of 12 photographs in a boxed portfolio, number 33 from a limited edition of 50, entitled The Vanished World
creation:  1936
Credit Line
Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:22:19
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