The Family of Man
Edward Steichen’s critically acclaimed 1955 exhibition and catalogue The Family of Man included three photographs by Vishniac, whose work was featured alongside the leading photographers of the twentieth century. The show opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and traveled internationally for nearly a decade.
This page juxtaposes nine portraits, including one by Vishniac of a woman looking for work in Warsaw, ca. 1935–38, with a quote by Bertrand Russell about the apocalyptic dangers of atomic bombs.
In July 1955, Vishniac was featured in a two-part New Yorker profile, “The Tiny Landscape,” which introduced his work as a scientist and photographer to American audiences. Portrait cartoons by New Yorker artist Abe Birnbaum appeared on the introductory page of both installments (below).
International Center of Photography