Adolfo Kaminsky, a resistance fighter and an expert in counterfeiting, spent thirty years of his life forging false documents to save lives. During the Second World War, while crafting stamps to make identity cards, Kaminsky discovered photography.
After the war, Kaminsky took thousands of artistic photographs. With his chiaroscuro his vision of the world, his favorite subjects were workers, secrets lovers, merchants, models and mannequins, broken dolls and wandering men with beard. From the flea markets of Saint-Ouen to Pigalle, he captured glances, lonely silhouettes, lights, the elegant and the downtrodden— everything that made up his world.
Throughout his life, Kaminsky’s clandestine activities forced him to sacrifice his artistic ambitions. Not a single one of his photographs was exhibited before 2011.
Il fotografo nato in Argentina e vissuto in Francia, Adolfo Kaminsky (87) in posa con una macchina fotografica “Lorillon” nella sua casa di Parigi. Adolfo Kaminsky partecipò alla resistenza francese specializzandosi nella falsificazione di documenti d’identità (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)