The Potato Eaters (detail)
In 1930, a young tailor lived with his wife, mother, and small son in an apartment somewhere in Kazimierz, the old Jewish district in Kraków, Poland. A decade later, the area would be occupied by Nazi Germany, the Jewish families sent to ghettos and ultimately to concentration camps like Plaszow or to the Belzec extermination camp to be tortured and killed. For this particular family, however, the atrocities of September 1939 will never come to pass, for they exist not within the annals of history but instead within the imagination of New York-based photographer Richard Tuschman, who has chosen to let them remain forever within prewar Kazimierz. The mother, father, son, and grandmother are entirely fictional, and although they have been brought to life in photographs, they remain unnamed.