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An elderly bearded man looking into the camera lens with his left hand covering part of his face.
Text by Roman Vishniac in The Vanished World: A limited-edition portfolio published by Witkin-Berley Ltd.
In a place in the Carpathian Mountains which was far from any illumination by electricity, the only light that could be used to photograph this wise man was the open fire of burning wood. Professional photographers told me that I made a big mistake by not illuminating the dark side, and that I should be ashamed to show this picture. The future will decide.
Image Courtesy of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.
15 x 16 3/4"
Pre-1933: Jewish Life in Europe before Holocaust
"At the Open Fire, Carpathian Ruthenia, 1938." (1938). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.117f.