Yoors’ life reads like a magic-realist novel. Born to a Belgian family of artists, he ran off at twelve with a kampania of Rom (Gypsies). Though famously suspicious of outsiders, the Rom adopted him, and he divided the rest of his youth between his two families. When the Nazis devoured Europe, Yoors aided the Resistance, escaped from a concentration camp, then finally fled to America (he captured these experiences in his books The Gypsies and Crossing, while photographs from his Gypsy years are collected in The Heroic Present ). Over the next few decades, until his early death in 1977, Yoors explored and photographed the cultures of New York City, from the Hasidim to Harlem. He left behind a large, rich body of work in an astonishing range of media, from monumental tapestries to paintings, bronze sculpture to film.