- Category : 1871-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (9,22,36,57)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Industry 1
German-Israeli-Swiss photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography. His works are on display in the USA, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. He focused mainly on portraits and the technique of photography with mirrors.
In 1876 he moved with his family to Zurich, Switzerland, where the family was naturalized. In 1888, Lerski emigrated to the United States, where he worked as an actor. Around 1910, he began to photograph. In 1915, he returned to Europe and worked as a cameraman and expert for special effects for many films, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis. At the end of the 1920s, he made a name as an avant-garde portrait photographer.
In 1932, he emigrated with his second wife to Palestine, where he continued to work as a photographer, cameraman, and film director. On 22 March 1948, they left Palestine and settled again in Zurich, where he died on 19 September 1956.