A Sense Of Place, A Sense Of Complexity

Israel, in all its ‘rifts and paradoxes,’ comes into view in ‘This Place.’

02/16/2016 - 18:23
Culture Editor

In Israel, the light is direct, hard, strong and dense, not ideal for photographers, but it has been a place of intense picture-taking interest since the dawn of photography. 

Frédéric Brenner’s portrait of three generations of an Israeli family. ©Frederic Brenner

There Goes The Neighborhood

Barry Frydlender documents the view outside his studio at the border of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and offers a comment on gentrification.

05/26/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Yaffo-Tel Aviv,” the latest exhibit of work by the contemporary Israeli photographer Barry Frydlender, is comprised of only eight photographs taken from only one vantage point — his studio’s window.

“Flood,” 2003. Barry Frydlender

Ellis Island’s Haunted Side

Finding beauty (and buried memories) in the abandoned buildings on the south side of the island.

05/12/2014 - 20:00
Culture Editor

In February 2002, Paul Margolis traveled to the south side of Ellis Island — not to the restored main buildings that now serve as a museum of immigration but to the abandoned site of hospital wards, quarantine quarters and the morgue. A documentary photographer, he found quiet beauty and powerful imagery amid the abundant decay and buried memories. 

Paul Margolis’ images provide a haunting reminder of the dark side of immigration history. Paul Margolis

Precariously Balanced

Naomi Leshem’s photographs penetrate life’s in-between moments.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Culture Editor

A young woman named Moria looks up at the sun while sitting on a thin wire cable. She finds her balance by keeping one leg straight, the other bent at almost a right angle. Her shadow is right beneath her. Naomi Leshem’s photograph was taken in Yakum Park in Israel as part of a series called “Centered,” now on view at the Andrea Meislin Gallery in Chelsea.

Woman on wire: This photograph is part of Leshem’s series called “Centered.”

Sid Kaplan’s ‘Darkroom Magic’

The printer and photographer’s masterful light captures a bygone New York.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

The first time that Sid Kaplan saw a photograph being developed he was 10 years old.

Sid Kaplan’s photo of Lower East Side tenement buildings amid a pattern of fire escapes.

Last Look

See photographer and printer Sid Kaplan’s NYC photos this weekend.
05/09/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

You may never have heard of Sid Kaplan, but his hand and eye are behind many of the greatest photographs that have been on view in museums and galleries since the 1960s. A master printer, he has done darkroom work for Robert Frank, Weegee, Cornell, Capa and many others.

Sid Kaplan’s 1985 photo of the Twin Towers with the roof of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street in the foreground.

A Lens On Prewar Europe

Roman Vishniac’s iconic, as well as never-before-seen, images mounted in major ICP exhibit.
01/21/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

A group of young Jews gather outside in a farmyard for morning assembly, creating an open square, their shadows also in perfect formation. These are teens in 1938 doing hachsharah, training for emigration to Palestine, in a program organized by the German-Jewish community in the 1930s.

Girl in a plaid dress in Mukacevo, Ukraine, circa 1935-38. Photo courtesy ICP

The Days After

Exhibit on Hiroshima shows previously classified images of the destruction, inviting comparisons to the Holocaust.
08/15/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Whether or not America did enough for Jews during the Second World War has long been debated. But even those who say the United States did far too little concede that had the United States not entered the war and won, Jews might have been killed in far higher numbers than the already atrociously high six million.

The skeleton-like, metal remains of the Tekaya school building in Hiroshima. International Center for Photography

Closeup Pictures, From A Distance

Comfort and detachment in the photos of Yael Ben-Zion at the 92nd Street Y.
04/27/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a series of photographs currently being exhibited at the Milton J. Weill Art Gallery at the 92nd Street Y, Yael Ben-Zion, a New York-based photographer evokes life in modern-day Israel. Born in Minneapolis and raised in Arad in southern Israel, Ben-Zion moved to the States to pursue advanced law studies at Yale only to pick up a camera and fall in love with photography while working on her law degree.

Yael Ben-Zion's "Milk."

Israel, Caught In All Its Complexities

Rina Castelnuovo’s photos, at the Meislin Gallery.
05/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 On Tuesday, Andrea Meislin, an art dealer in New York, was on her way to Washington. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, had asked her to help decorate his new home, knowing that she represented some of Israel’s most prominent photographers. But Meislin, unsure of Oren’s politics and his artistic tastes, was packing light. She was bringing only her laptop for this trip, she said, which contained images of all her artwork, instead of carrying just a few select prints. She did not want to offend him with any of her own choices.

“Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, 2010,” by Rina Castelnuovo.
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