Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) at the International Center of Photography
Russian born American photographer, Vishniac wasn’t only a photographer who captured the vanishing world of the Jews before the Holocaust. He took a lot of scenes through doorways. For his safety, he would sometimes pose his little daughter, Mara, before a shop that had a swastika on it because of the danger of documenting anything, especially for a Jew who wasn’t even supposed to have a camera at that point.
Vishniac was a an art history teacher and a scientist, too. The image on the right is a microscopic photo of an algial cell. The slides of his microscopic photography as beautiful and glowing as Tiffany glass.
A great show to see. And if you’re not in New York, you can see more of his work at http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/roman-vishniac-rediscovered
February 14, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
It’s on my list.