Snapshot: Who Is This Man and Why Is He Visiting Ellen Auerbach in 1957?

This photograph will be displayed at the Israel Museum as part of the exhibition, 'Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century.'

is photograph is a station on a journey: the journey of the woman who took the man’s picture and of the smiling man who is about to go up to her apartment to visit her. It’s a lovely photograph, suffused with a cinematic quality. You can almost hear jazz bursting from the frame as a soundtrack to the scene of the rain, the water washing the street, the white car in the background and the objects left in it by its...