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Laurence Salzmann is a native of Philadelphia who has worked as a photographer/ filmmaker since the early 1960's. His projects document the lives of little known groups in America and abroad. He looks at the lives of people ranging from occupants of single room occupancy hotels in New York City to transhumant shepherds in Transylvania, residents of a Mexican village, and Philadelphia Mummers. His photographic study of a nearly extinct Jewish community in Romania was published as The Last Jews of Radauti by Dial/Doubleday in 1983, with text by Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann. His most recent work in Cuba is soon to be published in book form by Blue Flower Press under the title: La Lucha/The Struggle.

Salzmann's photographic method is deeply informed by his background in anthropology and involves long term participation in and observation of groups or events. His work illustrates how lives and events are shaped by the environments and conditions in which people live.

1944 Born in Philadelphia, PA


1971 MA Anthropology, Temple University
1965 BA German Literature, Temple University
1962 Film Studies, I.D.H.E.C., Paris


Fluent: French, German, Romanian, Spanish; some Turkish.

2004 Blue Mountain Center, Residency
2003 The Print Center and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program:
selected for a digitally printed mural at the new Eagles Stadium
2001 Puffin Foundation grant for photographic work on La Lucha/The Struggle
2001 Pew Fellowship in Photography
2001 Perkins Art Center Purchase Award for The Philadelphia Museum of Art
2001 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Fellowship Award in Photography
1993 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Travel Face to Face Book and Exhibit
1981-82 International Research & Exchanges Board Grant in photography to Romania
1974-76 Fulbright Fellow in Photography to Romania
1970 American Film Institute Grant for film, Eddie
1970 New York State Council on the Arts Grant for Single Room Occupancy Project


2005 De Noche/By Night, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College
2004 Cu Bine si Cu Noroc! (Always with Luck!), Romanian Cultural Institute New York
2002 Imagining Cutumba, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia
2002 Imagining Cutumba, Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.
2001 Mioritza, Peasant Museum, Bucuresti, Romania
2001 La Lucha/The Struggle, Galeria Jacas, Santiago de Cuba
2000 La Lucha/The Struggle, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
1995 Face to Face: Encounters between Jews & Blacks. National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Jewish Museum of San Francisco, 1, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. and some 15 additional sites.
1995 Lithuania: A look Back, presented at 9. Tage der Jiddischen Kultur, Berlin
1994-1990 Anyos Muchos y Buenos--Turkey's Sephardim at: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology;
B'nai B'rith Klutznick Gallery; Beth Hatefutsoth; Jewish Museums of Vienna, Essen and Amsterdam, Spanish Institute of Munich; Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver 1994 Miroritza ­Romanian Shepherds Photographs
1994 Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania
1993 Berazthausen, Germany
1991 Festival Mythos, Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia
1988 Vent and La Baie Fomuveszeti Galeria, Budapest
1986 Vent and La Baie f. 32-Foto-Gallery, Amsterdam; Pia Gallery, Antwerpen
1986 Romanian Scenes, American Library, Bucharest
1980-1978 Last Jews of Radauti, International Center of Photography and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Tel Aviv
Between 1979-1992 at some 30 Universities and Community Centers throughout the United States and Europe.
La Baie/bath scenes, Photography Place, Philadelphia; K. Ewing Gallery, Washington; Asherman Gallery, Cleveland; Cronin Gallery, Houston Books & Co., New York; Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh.
1971 Collected Works, Half Moon Gallery, London
1970 Luis Family, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia


2006-2005 VIAJEROS: North American Artists/Photograhers Images of Cuba
Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
2005 Powelton Photographs, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia
2004 Bound to Nothing, Photographers & sculptors, Mother dog Studios, Houston Texas
2003 Childbirth in Jewish Tradition, The Jewish Museum of London
2002 Viewing Photography: The Photo Review at 25, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
The University of the Arts
2001 Works on Paper 2001, Arcadia University
2000 Our Town, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia
2000 Work from the Collection by Philadelphia-Area Photographers
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
1999 The Changing Face of Family, The Jewish Museum Jewish Museum, New York
1997 Art & Religion: The Many Faces of Faith, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia
1997 Here and There; Then and Now: Jewish Life In and Out of the Former Soviet Union National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.
1996 Be Fruitful and Multiply, Beth Hatefusoth available on-line @ AOL Jewish
1995 A Year in the Life of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia Art Alliance
1993 Flesh&Blood, Friends of Photography, Mt. Carmel
1992 Mexico Through Foreign Eyes,(Mexico visto por ojos extranjeros). Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, International Center for Photography, New York, Armand Hammer Museum of Art & Cultural Center
1989-88 Manner Sehen Manner, show organized by Foster Gallery, Edinburgh Ten European Cities
1989-88 Behold the Man, show organized by Frankfurt Kunstverein
1988 Paris Month of Photography, Paris
1984 Contemporary Pennsylvania Photographers, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
1984 Invited Group Show, Jeffery Fuller Gallery, Philadelphia
1983 Camera Movements, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia
1981 Male Figures, Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery
1979 New Acquisitions, Corcoran Gallery
1979 Pennsylvania Photographers,Allentown Art Museum
Benefit Israel Museum,Witkin Gallery
1972 City/2, Philadelphia Art Museum
1971 Tlaxcalan Sketches, Philadelphia Art Alliance

BOOKS/CATALOGS and Photographs included in Books

2006 La Lucha/The Struggle, Blue Flower Press, Philadelphia (catalogue)
2005 De Noche//By Night, Artist's Book, Philadelphia
2002 Imagining Cutumba, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (catalogue)
1999 Miorita: An icon of Romanian Culture, (ed.) with an introduction by Ernest H. Latham, Jr. Essay by Alexandru Husar, Photographs by Laurence Salzmann, The Center for Romanian Studies, Iassi, Romania
1995 Face to Face: Encounters between Jews & Blacks, Blue Flower Press
1995 Fully Exposed: The Male Nude in Photography
1993 Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, Harper & Row
1992 Flesh & Blood, Photographers¹ Images of their Families, Friends of Photography
1990 Anyos Munchos i Buenos, co-author with Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann, Blue Flower/Photo Review
1987 Manner Sehen Manner, (ed.)by Peter Weiermair, Frankfurt
1983 The Last Jews of Radauti, co-author with Ayse Gürsan-Salzmann, Dial/Doubleday
1980 La Baie/bath scenes, Han Books
1980 Stone Roses, poems from Transylvania by Keith Wilson, photographs by Laurence Salzmann, Utah State University Press
1978 Jerusalem's People in Public, portfolio, Blue Flower Publications
1971 Neighbors on the Block, portfolio, published by New York State Council on the Arts


1992 Newsweek Magazine, "All in the Family", October 26, 1992
1991 Jewish Monthly Magazine, "Turkey's Jews," photos by L.Salzmann, March
1989 Jewish Monthly Magazine,"Educating Rabbis Behind the Iron Curtain," photos by L.Salzmann,Dec
1989 Turquoise Magazine, "Every Picture Tells A Story", A.Marcus,photos by L. Salzmann, Aug
1988 Jewish Folklore & Ethnology Review, "A Note from the Field", L.Salzmann Vol.10 No.1,
1988 Yacht Magazine, "Turkish Delights", Erla Zwingle, photographs by L. Salzmann, February
1987 Jewish Monthly Magazine, "Yahrzeit in Istanbul," photographs by L. Salzmann April
1986 New York Times Magazine, "Istanbul Synagogue Massacre: An Investigation", Judith Miller, photographs by L. Salzmann, January
1984 Natural History Magazine, "Shepherds of Transylvania," July
1980 The American Poetry Review, "Photographs", Laurence Salzmann, vol. 9
1980 GEO Magazine, "The Last Jews of Radauti," July
1979 Creative Camera, "Photographs", London
1978 Le Nouveau Photocinema, "Les Jeunes Reporteurs", Paris
1976 Afterimage, "Photography in Romania", October


Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Free Library
International Center of Photography, New York
Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Yale University
Lehigh University
Widener Library, Harvard University
Smith College Library
Bryn Mawr College
William Benton Museum of Art, Univeristy of Connecticut
Storrs Community College, Philadelphia
Corcoran Gallery, Washington
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
George Pompidou Center, Paris
The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, Daytona Beach
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
The Jewish Museum, New York
Musée d' art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris
New York Public Library
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Bibliotheque National, Paris
The State Museum, Amsterdam


2003 Imagining Cutumba, backstage with Balet Folklorico Cutumba Santiago
2003 Willy's Blessing, travels in Cuba with my friend Willy
1989 Turkey¹s Sephardim: 500 Years
1980 Who's havin¹Fun, story of Philadelphia Mummers off and on Broad Street
1978 Song of Radauti, poetic rendition of of Jewish Life in a small town of Romania
1971 Scag. story of two young Philadelphians battle with heroin addiction
1970 Alfred, story of resident of Single Room Occupancy Hotel New York
1969 Eddie, story of resident of Single Room Occupancy Hotel New York
1966 The Ragman, story of one of last horse and wagon men of Philadelphia


2005 Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, 2002 Five talks on Photography in Romanian in Romania for the USIS. 2001 American Photographers in Cuba, The Print Center, Philadelphia 2000 Terrors of the City", SPE Conference, at University of the Arts, Philadelphia 2000 Cuban Youth and City Landscapes, at Robin's Book Store, Philadelphia, May 2000 Face to Face, on Race Relations, at Smith College, Northampton, February 1998 Face to Face, on Race Relations, at SUNY, State University of New York at Stony Brook 1999 On Documentary Photography, at the Art Alliance, Philadelphia.