About This Image

Provenance: Purchased from dealer who had acquired print directly from Penson's daughter.

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 that area's radical social and industrial transformation--in particular the major shift in women's work roles and dress, which we see in evidence here. By this point in Uzbekistan, women were already without their heavy, horsehair veils, and were performing heretofore unacceptable labors.

One of Penson's images took the top prize at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, and his work has undergone a recent revitalization of public interest, with exhibitions in London, Moscow and America.

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Women Polishing Locomotive
Max Penson Women Polishing Locomotive

Price $2,500

Main Image

Ref.# 11041

Medium Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

Photo Date 1930s  Print Date 1930s

Dimensions 11.5 x 7.25 in. (292 x 184 mm)

Photo Country

Photographer Country Russia (Belarus)


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