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The Jewish Museum London and The Photographers’ Gallery are staging the first UK retrospective of Russian-born American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), one of the most important social documentary photographers of the 20th century.
Vishniac is perhaps best known for his widely recognised photographic records of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars.
Born to a Jewish family and raised in Moscow, Vishniac immigrated to Berlin in 1920, where he joined some of the city’s many flourishing camera clubs.
Inspired by the cosmopolitanism and cultural experimentation in Berlin at the time, Vishniac used his camera to document his surroundings.
His early work reflects the influence of European modernism, with his framing and compositions favouring sharp angles and dramatic use of light and shade.
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