Weinberg and Pferschy: A Tale of Two Photographers

In the early 1990s, I came across a small collection of five signed original images by a photographer named Othmar Pherschy. At the time I did not have a clue who Pherschy was and when I tried to research his name nothing came up. Mind you it was when the internet was still in its infancy.

I could tell from the quality of the images that Pferschy was a professional photographer. On the back of each photograph he included his name and contact details in Istanbul, Turkey as well as a hand written caption in German. On the back of one of the photographs I found a small card which indicated that the collection had been submitted to a competition in Italy:

The Biennale Internazionale entry stamp  which translates, "International Biennial of Art Photo - Rome 1932 A-XI; Admitted to full vote by the jury of acceptance." Both the stamp and   Pferschy's calling card were glued to the back of one of his photographs.

The Biennale Internazionale entry stamp which translates, “International Biennial of Art Photo – Rome 1932 A-XI; Admitted to full vote by the jury of acceptance.” Both the stamp and Pferschy’s calling card were glued to the back of one of his photographs.

How these photos ended up in Egypt, where I found them decades later, is anyone’s guess. Since I could not find any information about Othmar Pferschy, I put the photographs into a box and stored them away.

Years later, when I moved my entire archive to the United States, I came across Pferschy’s photographs buried deep in my collection. After doing some research online, I discovered Othmar Pferschy’s fascinating life story along with some information about his mentor, Jean Weinberg.

The following photography exhibition features both photographers.

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