Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

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10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri); 10 AM to 8 PM (Thu, during exhibitions); 10 AM to 6 PM (Sat); 11 AM to 6 PM (Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing
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Free before 12 noon, but £4 after. See

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The Photographer's Gallery (together with the Jewish Museum) will be putting on a retrospective of work by the Russian-born American photographer, Roman Vishniac.

Vishniac is best-known for recording what Jewish life was like in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. But alongside many of these iconic works Roman Vishniac Rediscovered will introduce you to some of the lesser-known chapters of his career during the early 1920s and late 1970s.

It was following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia that he immigrated to Berlin and joined one of the city's flourishing camera clubs. The cosmopolitanism and rich cultural experimentation happening in Berlin inspired him to document his surroundings, and this early body of work shows the influences of framing and compositional ideas that were common at the time.

Vishniac's development coincided with the huge and unsettling political changes that occurred in Germany in the 1930s, which he captured in his images. This quickly became a focal point of his work and drew the attention of various organisations wanting to raise the world's awareness.

After the war he worked as a freelance photographer in New York where he had a successful portrait studio on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He also dedicated himself to the science of Photomicroscopy, and this became the primary focus of his work during the last 45 years of his life.


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