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Vishniac: Live music, screening + Q&A

Organiser: Head On Foundation
Screenings, Talk
Paid Event
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Location: Ritz Cinemas, Saint Pauls Street, Randwick NSW, Australia
Entry Fee: $ 25
Genres: Photojournalism/Documentary

A special event with live music, refreshments, and an incredible documentary about Roman Vishniac, one of the first to use photography as an instrument of documentation, with post-screening Q&A.

When Roman Vishniac began to photograph Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, he did not know he was documenting their final moments. A veritable Renaissance man with interests in biology, physics, and art history, he was one of the first to use photography as an instrument of documentation and pioneer in photomicroscopy and time-lapse photography. With the rise of anti-Semitism in Russia, his homeland, he fled to Berlin, only to flee again to New York when the Nazis came to power. In all that time, he never put down his camera.

Director Laura Bialis and producers Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman (Reckonings, Who Will Write Our History), interview Vishniac’s daughter, who grew up in her father’s shadow, to explore the complex life of a man who rose to become one of the world’s best-known nature photographers. The film features his stunning photographs for Life magazine, alongside tragically heartwarming stills of life in Jewish towns just before the Holocaust, as famously depicted in his book ‘A Vanished World.’

Post film Q&A:
Moderated by Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos – Journalist, Academic and Documentary filmmaker

With Speakers:
Andrew Quilty – Photojournalist
Dr Amin Palangi – Director of the Persian Film Festival
Eric Campbell –  Former ABC Moscow correspondent

Supported by

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