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Vintage Prints by the Leading Photographer of Occupied Warsaw

Group of fifteen vintage prints showing various scenes in occupied Warsaw and taken largely during and in the aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising.

Warsaw, printed ca. 1945 or 1946. Various sizes, see list below. Very good.

Group of vintage prints of photographs by Eugeniusz Haneman, mostly taken in 1944 and early 1945, and printed in 1945 or 1946, shortly after the war, and largely with the artist’s own captions to rectos in blue ink (a few photographs feature later captions in pencil, not by the photographer).

Along with Sylwester “Kris” Braun (1909—1996), Haneman (1917—2014) was the leading photo-chronicler of the Warsaw Uprising. The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising owns the negatives of these images, which were purchased from the photographer’s estate. Other museums hold later prints, while vintage prints by the photographer are scarce in the trade. Among others, Haneman’s photographs are held by the Lodz Art Museum (Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi), including a copy of no. 14 on our list, but the prints are of a later date (ca. 1970-1980).

Provenance: from the descendants of the photographer.

1. “Branie wody w leju po bombie…” (artist’s caption). 7 × 10 cm. Dated August 14, 1944. Shows civilians removing water from the basement of a destroyed building.

2. Undated, with later caption “Powstańcy w ruinach Warszawy.” 10 × 7 cm. The photograph shows the back of Sylwester “Kris” Braun taking a photograph in the ruins.

3. “C.K.M.” w Al. Jerozol…” (artist’s caption). 5.5 × 8.5 cm. Dated August 20, 1944. Showing a soldier shooting on Aleje Jerozolimskie Street.

4. “Kopernika r. Tamki” (artist’s caption). 5.5 × 8.5 cm. Shows a large building destroyed by an air raid at the corner of Kopernika and Tamka Streets.

5. “Most Poniatowskiego” (artist’s caption). 7 × 10 cm. Illegibly dated. Shows the destruction to the Poniatowski Bridge after German detonations in September 13, 194, during the Uprising.

6. “PAST’a” (artist’s caption). 5.5 × 8.5 cm. Dated August 21, 1944. Shows explosions at the important PASTa building, the site of the Polish Telephone Joint Stock Company, which was the tallest building in Warsaw at the time and which was the site of heavy fighting during the Uprising.

7. Later caption: “Poczta polowa, 20. VIII.” 7 × 10 cm. Shows a mailbox used by soldiers.

8. “Prudential” (artist’s caption). 10 × 7 cm. Dated August 14, 1944. Shows the ruins of the Prudential Building, a popular skyscraper erected in the 1930s, which was rebuilt after the war.

9. Later caption: “Ruiny Śródmieście” (Ruins in the center). 10 × 7 cm. Not dated.

10. “Syrenka na Solcu” (artist’s caption). 8.5 × 5.5 cm. A shot of the Mermaid’s Statue, created by Ludwika Nitschowa in 1939, based on the symbol on the city’s coat of arms.

11. Mermaid (uncaptioned). 5.5 × 8.5 cm. Undated. Another photograph of the damaged Mermaid’s Statue.

12. “Ulica Górskiego” (artist’s caption). 7 × 10 cm. Undated. Shows destroyed residential buildings on Górski Street in the center of Warsaw.

13. Street view (uncaptioned). 5.5 × 8.5 cm. Not dated. Unidentified view of a Warsaw street with rubble.

14. “W zdobytym samochodzie” (artist’s caption). 7 × 10 cm. Dated August 1944. Shows children in a stolen car.

15. Later caption: “Warszawa TYP powstanca II.” 7 × 10 cm. Not dated. A striking, atmospheric shot showing a soldier of the Uprising with a rifle.

Book ID: 52040

Price: $3,600.00