Warsaw Ghetto Boys

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Warsaw Ghetto Boys

Poland, 1940s, printed 1940s
Photographs
Gelatin silver print
Image: 9 7/16 × 6 5/16 in. (24 × 16.1 cm) Primary support: 9 15/16 × 79 15/16 in. (25.3 × 203 cm) Mat: 18 × 14 in. (45.72 × 35.56 cm)
The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, gift of The Annenberg Foundation, acquired from Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin (M.2008.40.2279)
Not currently on public view

History

This photograph by Roman Vishniac employs a personal narrative, a quality that appealed to collectors Marjorie and Leonard Vernon....
This photograph by Roman Vishniac employs a personal narrative, a quality that appealed to collectors Marjorie and Leonard Vernon. Robbert Flick a photographer whose work is also found in the Vernon's collection said: "I think there was always a human aspect to the photographs they collected. It always had to do with what it's like to be a person living in a particular society. I had a sense that there was a narrative awareness that was different from and overrode the formal. The formal always was there, but it was definitely the narrative connection that was very important to them. Some of the photographs from the shtetl in Poland by Vishniac really stood out for me. There's something about that work that resonates, especially in the way in which they would present it."
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