- This event has passed.
November 5, 2023 @ 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Photo Credit: Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.
USA 2023 | Director: Laura Bialis | English | 90 minutes
One of the foremost photographers of the 20th century, Roman Vishniac is best known for photographing Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the 1930s. Intended to raise funds for impoverished Jewish communities, few predicted that these photographs would provide the last visual records of an entire world that, only a few years later, would vanish in the Holocaust. But while Vishniac owes his fame to this specific collection of iconic images (published in the book A Vanished World), he was also an avid scientist who made considerable contributions in the field of microscopic photography. Told through the eyes of his daughter Mara, this visually captivating film brings to life Vishniac’s stunning photography while exploring the remarkable career and dramatic life story of this flamboyant and sometimes controversial modernist photographer and preserver of memory.
Executive-produced by Nancy Spielberg, Ori Eisen, Mirit Eisen, Taube Philanthropies & Maimonides Fund
Proudly co-sponsored by the
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA
Jay Joffe Memorial Program