2020.10.23 17:00

Lithuanian photobook on Jewish Vilnius shortlisted for two international awards

LRT.lt2020.10.23 17:00

The Lithuanian edition on interwar avantgarde photographer Moï Ver has been nominated for two prestigious book awards, the Ministry of Culture said in a press release.

Hommage à Moï Ver: The Ghetto Lane in Wilna, published last year, was shortlisted for PhotoBook Awards 2020, a competition organised by the Aperture Foundation (USA) and Paris Photo (France).

Edited by Sigutė Chlebinskaitė, Mindaugas Kvietkauskas and Nissan N Perez, the book is among top five of the 35 editions nominated for the award and will be displayed in Paris on November 5–28.

The book is also included among top ten competitors for a prize in the Historical Book category at the photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.

Moï Ver, or Moshé Raviv-Vorobeichic, was a Jewish photographer from Vilnius whose 1931 photo album helped him gain worldwide recognition. A master of photomontage, Ver made his home town the object of an avantgarde experiment.

The original 1931 edition, kept in the National Library of Lithuania, has been a bibliophilic rarity.

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