About This Image

Portrait of a Muslim scholar reading the Koran. Inscription in ink on verso, in Penson's daughter's hand, reads: Authentic photo by M. Penson, acknowledged by daughter D. Penson."

Provenance: Purchased from dealer who had acquired print directly from Penson's daughter.

Jewish Russian photographer Penson hailed from the same vicinity in Russia as Marc Chagall and was a singular talent, receiving his first camera as a teaching prize at the age of 28. He ended up in Uzbekistan after fleeing pogroms with his family in 1915, and went on to document aspects of that area's radical social and industrial transformation. One of his images took the top prize at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.

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Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran
Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran
Max Penson Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran

Price $2,000

Additional Images

Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran
Main Image

Ref.# 11669

Medium Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

Photo Date c. 1930  Print Date c. 1930

Dimensions 9.7 x 6.7 in. (246 x 170 mm)

Photo Country

Photographer Country Russia (Belarus)


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Phone 1-212-534-4496

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