Roman Vishniac is best known for having traversed Eastern Europe from 1935 through 1938, on assignment to photograph Jewish life. Less than a decade later these communities would be wiped out and Vishniac’s iconic photographs would provide the last visual records of an entire world.
Through his photographs, we see Jewish life – in Eastern European shtetls and in Weimar-era Berlin – and witness the Nazi rise to power. After the war, his documentation continued with photographs of Berlin in ruins and Jewish children in Displaced Persons camps.
Vishniac was also a respected scientist who made considerable contributions in the field of microscopic photography. His “Living Biology” series, funded by the National Science Foundation, were some of the first films depicting life through a microscope and became a staple in the 1960s and 1970s in classrooms across the United States. His pioneering microscopy transformed the nature of science photography.
VISHNIAC delves into the person and story behind the photos as it frames Vishniac’s legacy as a key modernist photographer and preserver of memory. Through his stunning images, VISHNIAC introduces new audiences to a lost world that is quickly fading from our grasp.
Directed and produced by Laura Bialis (REFUSENIKS, ROCK IN THE RED ZONE), with executive producer Nancy Spielberg, producer Roberta Grossman (WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY) and writer Sophie Sartain. Made with the full cooperation of Vishniac’s daughter Mara Vishniac Kohn.
To be followed immediately with a Q and A session with Avi & Rebecca Vichniac who are cousins of Roman Vichniac
- Sun, Mar 10