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The Miraculous The Miraculous: New York

89. 2 Fifth Avenue

Before moving into a new apartment building overlooking Washington Square Park, a photographer and his wife, both Hungarian émigrés, go through every apartment in the still-unoccupied building to find the ideal vantage point for the photographs the husband plans to take. He is looking for a spot far enough away to flatten the field of his images, but close enough to capture, with the help of a telephoto lens, a sense of intimacy. They end up choosing an apartment on the 12th floor, which they occupy for the rest of their lives.

(André and Elizabeth Kertész)

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Raphael Rubinstein

Raphael Rubinstein is the author of The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014) and A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015). He is currently writing a book about the Jewish-Egyptian writer Edmond Jabès. A Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art, he divides his time between Houston and New York.

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