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Moscow House of Photography
Military parade, 1935 by Max Penson.
Kids of Soviet-era photojournalist
fuel a revived interest in his work
By Alexander Osipovich
December 12, 2006

MOSCOW, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Max Penson has made a comeback nearly a half-century after his death.

At the height of his fame, the Jewish photojournalist’s work appeared often on the front pages of Soviet newspapers. One of his pictures took a top prize at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.

But Penson fell victim to the growing anti-Semitism of Josef Stalin’s totalitarian regime, lost his job and spent the rest of his life suffering from illness and depression.

When he died in 1959, it seemed his work was doomed to languish in obscurity.

Even Penson’s oldest son didn’t realize the value of the old negatives stored in his apartment in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

“I had no idea of the significance...

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