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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.6

In the catalog accompanying this photograph, Vishniac explained "In a place in the Carpathian mountains which was far from any illumination by electricity, the only light that could be used to photograph this wise man was the open fire of burning wood. Professional photographers told me that I made a big mistake by not illuminating the dark side, and that I should be ashamed to show this picture. The future will decide."

Original created by Roman Vishniac, 1938, Carpathian Ruthenia, USSR. Reproduced from original negative by Witkin-Berley Limited, 1977, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Artwork Title
At an Open Fire, Carpathian Ruthenia, 1938
Series Title
1 or 12 photographs in a boxed portfolio, number 33 from a limited edition of 50, entitled The Vanished World
creation:  1938
Credit Line
Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Record last modified: 2023-06-14 07:08:02
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