Tata by Leon Borensztein
. This is number 439 from an edition of 500 copies. One Picture book in new condition. Contains a signed and dated tipped-in print. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
"Leon Borensztein’s powerful little book Tata (Polish for “Pappa”) pays homage to his father, “Citizen M. Borensztein”. Born in the Polish city of Mińsk Mazowiecki in 1912, M. Borensztein received his first military award in 1947. It was a Grunwald Badge, presented to him from the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army, for armed struggle against the Germans. He soon after received his second medal, for “Victory and Freedom”. The pages of Tata turn to document the many other medals he received through the 1960s. As the list of commendations grows, so the accompanying photographs of the badges begin to feel heavier and almost claustrophobic. That is, until the final spread reveals a white shirt with a single medal. It was presented by The Ministry of Defense of the State of Israel to Mr. M. Borensztein in 1974, for volunteering in the Yom Kippur War." - Nazraeli Press
Borensztein was born in Poland in 1947. He then received an MFA with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Additionally, in 1987, he received the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He has also exhibited his work in nearly 10 countries and 32 cities internationally. At numerous galleries and museums. His work is included in the collections of Biblioteque Nationale Paris, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco MOMA, Chicago Art Institute, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography as well as other institutions. His photography has appeared in Life Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, while reviews and profiles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Vogue, Fortune, Huffington Post, and countless others. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in Oakland, CA.
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