Austria 1902 – Australia 1985
Krakow - Polonia, Mercado de ropaviejeria en la juderia [Second-hand clothes market in the Jewish quarter, Cracow, Poland]
Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
In the early 1930s (perhaps in the tumultuous years of 1932–33) Margaret Michaelis visited Cracow, not far from her hometown of Dzieditz. Michaelis documented the various activities taking place in the Jewish marketplace, lavishing a great deal of care on the prints she produced.
These small, modest photographs carry a retrospective burden: the scenes they depict were wiped out following Germany’s invasion of Poland
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra