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Manitoba Photographers: Benzion Shapira (1894-1967)

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Born at Istanbul, Turkey on 1 January 1894, he immigrated to Winnipeg at the turn of the 20th century. Around 1912, he became proprietor of the German Art Studio, later renamed Shapira’s Studios, and worked as a photographer until his death. He was a member of the Photographers Association of America and served 15 years on the executive of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association. He died at his Winnipeg home, 228 Selkirk Avenue, on 2 March 1967 and was buried in the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery. He was survived by a widow and three children.

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German Art Studio, 14 Empire Block (207 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg)


Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1967, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2014

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