SHOWS THAT MATTER: ICP Reframes Roman Vishniac’s Iconic Photos of Jewish Culture

Roman Vishniac, During the Olympic Games, Wittenbergplatz, Berlin, 1936


WHY THIS SHOW MATTERS: Revered 20th-century photographer Roman Vishniac’s iconic imagery of pre-WWII Jewish day-to-day life in Germany and Eastern Europe is being seen under new light at the International Center of Photography’s current exhibition, “Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered.” The show’s organizer, ICP adjunct curator Maya Benton, has procured never-before-seen artwork by the photographer, including vintage images and film footage, which are presented alongside personal correspondence and new prints made from digital negatives. Together, these paint the most complete portrait of the prolific photographer, historian, and biologist’s oeuvre that has ever been showcased publicly.