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Chimney Sweep, Berlin

Date ca. 1929
Location Berlin Germany
Dimensions Image (paper): 13 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (34.3 x 27 cm)
Mount: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Vishniac documented the lives and experiences of workers, especially craftsmen and manual laborers, throughout his career. The subject of this photograph, a chimney sweep, would have been immediately recognizable to a German audience as a symbol of good luck, an image that was often used on New Year’s greetings cards.


© Mara Vishniac Kohn

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Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, 2013

Feedback Accession No. 1992.780