He was born in 1911 to a Jewish family in Rostov-on-Don. In the late 1930s he worked for «Press Cliche TASS» as a photo chronicler.
In 1934 he moved to Moscow where he was able to photograph all the main events of the era - the congress of the Comintern and the congress of Soviets where the constitution was adopted, constructions, parades and Arctic expeditions. He photographed Maxim Gorky and Mikhail Kalinin and famous pilots Valery Chkalov and Mikhail Gromov.
After the war he taught photography and lectured around the country.
He died in 1984.
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