This is the first UK retrospective of Russian-born American photographer, Roman Vishniac (1897–1990).

Presented simultaneously at Jewish Museum London and The Photographers’ Gallery, this exhibition offers a timely reappraisal of Vishniac’s vast photographic output and legacy.

An extraordinarily versatile and innovative photographer, he is best known for having created one of the most widely recognised and reproduced photographic records of Jewish life in eastern Europe between the two World Wars.

The exhibition brings together for the first time Vishniac's complete works, positioning him as one of the most important social documentary photographers of the 20th century whose work also sits within a broader tradition of 1930s modernist photography. It includes recently discovered vintage prints, rare and ‘lost’ film footage from his pre-war period, contact sheets, personal correspondence, original magazine publications, newly created exhibition prints as well as his acclaimed photomicroscopy.


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