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Dates:  1944, 4 January -
Born:  US, Philadephia
Active:  Mexico / Turkey / Romania / Lithuania / US / Colombia / Argentina / Spain / Israel
Contemporary American photographer and filmmaker.

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Laurence Salzmann's preoccupation as a photographer goes back to the late 1960's. His signature work is rooted in the social-documentary tradition, generally concerned with how other cultures function in their own setting. Salzmann's work implies cultural messages, whether it is a vanishing Jewish community in Central Europe or portraits of residents of "Single Room Occupancy Hotels" in New York, or, body motion in a theatrical setting. His keen sense of observation of people and their environment through his "lens" decodes social/cultural idiosyncracies. His images, Salzmann remarks, are aimed to endure, as conveyors of knowledge and inspiration, long after the exhibits are over. He successfully completed several major, long-term projects in the U.S. and abroad.
1971 MA Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia
1965 B.A. German Literature, Temple University
1962 Film Studies, I.D.H.E.C., Paris 2. One Man Shows
Solo exhibitions
2006 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; Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
2001 Miortiza, Peasant Museum, Bucuresti, Romania
2001 La Lucha/The Struggle, Galeria Jacas, Santiago de Cuba, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
1995 Face to Face: Encounters between Jews & Blacks, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia; Jewish Museum of San Francisco, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; and some 20 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, Washington, D.C.; Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Tel Aviv; Jewish Museums of Vienna, Essen and Amsterdam; Spanish Institute of Munich; Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver
1994-1986 Miroritza - Romanian Shepherds Photographs, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania; Town Hall, Berazthausen, Germany; Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia; American Library, Bucharest, Romania
1988-1986 Vent and La Baie at: Fomuveszeti Galeria, Budapest; f. 32-Foto-Gallery, Amsterdam; Pia Gallery, Antwerpen
1980-1988 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.
1980-1988 La Baie/bath scenes at: Photography Place, Philadelphia; Kathleen 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
Awards and honors
2007 Fundacion Valpariso, Artist Residency
2006 Pew Grant for photography in Mexico
2004 Blue Mountain Center, Artist Residency
2003 The Print Center and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program: selected for a digitally printed mural at the new Eagles Stadium, Philadelphia
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 SELECTED SHORT FILMS

2006 Son de Santiago: La Lucha, young Cuban wrestlers against backdrop of Santiago
2003 Imagining Cutumba, backstage with Balet Folklorico Cutumba Santiago
2003 Willy's Blessing, travels in Cuba with my friend Willy
1989 Turkey's Sephardim: 500 Years
1980 Who's havin'Fun, 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  
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