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Max Penson
LOT ID: 66997
Muslim Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran, ie. circa 1930

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
9.7 х 6.7 in. (24.64 x 17.02 cm.)
Inscribed, Inscription in ink on verso, in Penson's daughter's hand, reads: Authentic photo by M. Penson, acknowledged by daughter D. Penson."
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1930
Lot description
24.6 x 17 cm

Jewish Russian photographer, Penson, hailed from the same vicinity in Russia as Marc Chagall and was a singular talent, receiving his first camera as a teaching prize at the age of 28. He ended up in Uzbekistan after fleeing pogroms with his family in 1915, and went on to document aspects of that area's radical social and industrial transformation. One of his images took the top prize at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.
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