Photography

A Time For Tartan

Photography exhibit documents the lives of Scottish Jews.

04/17/2014
Culture Editor
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An older woman holding a worn volume of Robert Burns poetry looks up from her book to gaze directly at the camera, her face etched with deep lines that suggest a smile. She’s at a Burns supper — held all over Scotland and now around the world — to celebrate the life and work of the Scottish national poet on his birthday. This dinner is at the L’Chaim, Scotland’s only kosher restaurant.

A chemist at a whiskey distillery in Fife. Judah Passow

A Sense Of Place

The large-scale photographs in Sharon Ya’ari’s first solo exhibit at the Andrea Meislin Gallery beg for explanation. Why, for instance, is there a smoky haze in the two images called “Rashi Street, Tel Aviv?”

Sharon Ya'ari, "Rashi Street, Tel Aviv," 2008. Courtesy of Andrea Meislin Gallery and Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery

Eye On The Lower East Side

Think photos of the Lower East Side and you might well conjure up Jacob Riis’ grainy black and white images, Hebrew signs hanging from stoop steps, pushcarts lining crowded streets.  Or perhaps you’re remembering more recent images ‒ burnt-out buildings, gangs and cigarette butts hanging from slack mouths during the ’70s. Maybe for you, the Lower East Side is all about discount Sunday shopping in the ‘80s. But it’s not the old neighborhood anymore, as Sally Davies’ “Photographs of the Lower East Side” -- now on view on 57th Street -- at the Bernarducci  Meisel Gallery make clear.

"Rearview Snowstorm," 2010. ©Sally Davies

Stand Up And Be Photographed!

On the coldest day this month, I stepped onto Brighton Beach and contemplated my identity. I am not a member of the Polar Bear Club. I hate being cold!  Rather, I was participating in a “Casual Conversation” in the warmth of the lobby of the JCC in Manhattan. 

Signs of dual identity. Jeff and Alina Bliumis. Photo courtesy The JCC in Manhattan

Water Log

The effect of personal history in an artist’s oeuvre, the role of metaphor, the extent to which an artist can decipher or explain her own work – these are all questions that come to mind when viewing Yudith Schreiber’s photographs in “Blind Impress,” currently on exhibit at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

White Whale. Yudith Schreiber

Modern Ruins In The Mountains

An empty yellow-and-white lounge chair graces the ungroomed grass and ferns surrounding the mildewed indoor pool at Grossinger’s. Not so long ago the grass was terracotta tiles and there were rows of chairs, a guest on each.

The haunting image is from “Ruins of the Borscht Belt,” a series of color photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld on exhibit at the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy’s  Kling and Niman Family Visitor Center on Grand Street.

Coffee Shop, Grossinger's Catskill Resort and Hotel. Marisa Scheinfeld

The Picture Of Longevity

Leonard Nimoy, from ‘Star Trek’ to Jewish-themed photography, has lived long and prospered.

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Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does — including his famous on-screen hand gestures.

Leonard Nimoy gives the Vulcan hand gesture, modeled after the Jewish kohanim.  HAND PH

Dreaming In Chelsea

After having lived in Israel for a few years, Andrea Meislin has become an advocate of Israeli photography and the group show now on view in her eponymous gallery is a testimony to that devotion.  Over half the works featured in “Perchance to Dream,” which address themes of sleep and intimacy, are by Israeli artists; and unfairly or not, association with Israel brings with it a specific political and international urgency.

Adi Nes, Untitled, 1999. Digital C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

A Photographer With An Ironic Eye

Vivid purple, yellow and green feathers grow out of his face, peacock feathers crown his head, and green feathers wrap around his neck.  A beard pokes through and a trenchcoat covers his body. An avian humanoid or a man in a Purim costume?

Pavel Wolberg, Bnei Brak, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Andrea Meislin Gallery

Last Look: Chim at ICP

The International Center of Photography's exhibition "We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933 – 1956 by Chim" is up for one more week, till May 5. Admirers of photography, of Israel and of Ingrid Bergman should visit while it's still possible.

Chim, Wedding under an improvised huppah propped up with guns and pitchforks, Israel, 1952. Chim (David Seymour)/Magnum Photos
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