Roman Vishniac, Editor Maya Benton
This first retrospective monograph on Roman
Vishniac (1897–1990), offers many new perspectives on the work and career of this important photographer, positioning him as one of the
great modernists and social documentary photographers of the 20th century.
In addition to featuring Vishniac’s best-known work―the iconic images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust―
this publication also introduces many previously unpublished
photographs spanning more than six decades of Vishniac’s
These include newly discovered images of prewar Berlin,
rare film footage from rural Jewish communities in Carpatheina
Ruthania, documentation of postwar ruins and Displaced
Persons’ camps, and vivid coverage of Jewish life in America
in the 1940s and ’50s.
Essays by world-renowned scholars of photography, Jewish history and culture address these newfound mages and consider them in the context of modernist tendencies in Berlin in the 1920s and ’30s; the rise of Nazi power in Germany and Eastern Europe; the uses of social documentary photography for relief organizations; the experiences of exile, displacement, and assimilation; and the impact of Vishniac’s
pioneering scientific research in color photomicroscopy in the
1950s and ’60s.
Emphasizing Roman Vishniac’s prodigious talents as one of the great documentary photographers of the 20th century, this volume presents the full range of his artistic genius. Drawn from the International Center of Photography’s vast holdings of Vishniac's work, this generously illustrated and expansive volume offers a new and profound consideration of this key modernist photographer.
Hardcover book 2015 Black & White and Color Images