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Austria 1902 – Australia 1985

  • Australia from 1939

Krakow - Polonia, Mercado de ropaviejeria en la juderia [Second-hand clothes market in the Jewish quarter, Cracow, Poland] c.1930-33 Place made: Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Stamp verso, centre right, 'FOTO-ELIS / AV.REP. ARGENTINA, 218 / BARCELONA / TELEF. 78866' Titled verso, lower centre, 'Krakow - Polonia / Mercado de ropaviejeria / en la juderia'
Secondary Insc: Inscribed verso, upper lefI, pencil, '77.(13' Stamp verso, lower centre, over 2 FOTO-ELIS stamps, 'FOTO-STUDIO/MICHAELIS?ROSEILON, 36,4.0-4.a / BARCELONA'
Tertiary Insc: Stamp verso, upper right, 'CONSELLERIA DE DEFENSA / Censura de Guerra / GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA'
Dimensions: printed image 12.0 h x 15.1 w cm sheet 12.4 h x 17.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the estate of Margaret Michaelis-Sachs 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.1384.187

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