Out of Focus
Curator Maya Benton discusses how the image of shtetl life we’ve gotten from Roman Vishniac is a distortion not only of life in the Old World but of the photographer’s own oeuvre
Click below for audio commentary by curator Maya Benton, as interviewed by Alana Newhouse.
Top: Fish is the favored food for the kosher table (boy with herring), ca. 1935–38. Bottom left: Weaver’s studio, Lask, Poland, ca. 1935-38. Bottom right: The general store, Poland ca. 1935-38. All unpublished.
CREDIT: Roman Vishniac.
© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy the International Center of Photography
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