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TD-264650-19

Katahdin Foundation (Berkeley, CA 94710-1713)
Laura Bialis (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
All This Life: The Many Worlds of Roman Vishniac

Development of a film script exploring the life and work of American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897–1990) in Eastern European Jewish communities.

From the cosmopolitan streets of prewar Berlin to the shtetls in Poland to the Princeton offices of Albert Einstein, All This Life takes viewers on a journey, through the lens of one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. Roman Vishniac is best known for having traversed Eastern Europe from 1935-38, on assignment to photograph Jewish life. A few years later these communities would be destroyed, and Vishniac’s work would provide the last visual records of an entire world, becoming iconic images in Jewish collective memory. Vishniac owes his fame to this specific collection, but his prolific – and mostly unpublished – body of work depicts an entire era of Jewish history in Europe and the US. No less important than his work as an artist, Vishniac was an avid scientist, and made major contributions in the field of microscopic photography. All This Life will illuminate Vishniac’s career and stunning photographs, and detail his dramatic life story and flamboyant personality.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; European History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 8/31/2019