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[Street scene with a swastika flag on a storefront (at left), Brunnenstrasse, Berlin]

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Dateca. 1935 (printed 2012)
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Vishniac often positioned himself in doorways or building foyers in his Berlin street photography, documenting daily life as a removed observer. This image reveals multiple layers of time in one shot: the car positioned alongside the horse-drawn wagon, bicyclists speeding by as pedestrians young and old navigate the cobblestones and pavement, against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing metropolis. Only upon closer examination can the viewer notice a swastika flag blowing in the wind above the horses; such flags and banners were a common site on most Berlin streets by 1935.

Inkjet print
Image: 12 x 11 3/8 in. (30.5 x 28.9 cm)
place taken Berlin, Germany
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Roman Vishniac Archive
Accession Number2012.79.17
© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

For all uses of photographs by Roman Vishniac contact ICP at: vishniac_archive@icp.org.