Monday, February 01, 2010

Newly Discovered Photographs of Shtetls

A recent discovery has brought to light nearly 200 photos taken during S. An-Sky's travels in Jewish communities of Eastern Europe almost a hundred years ago. I've seen pictures of some of the objects he preserved, during this expedition. It was a remarkable endeavor, as the lives of the poor Jews were little valued in those days.

The new material is available in a book: Photographing the Jewish Nation: Pictures from S. An-sky's Ethnographic Expeditions by Eugene M. Avrutin, Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Ivanov, and Alexander Lvov. I learned about the new book in this article.

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing this.