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Jews/America/a Representation: A Representation

Brenner, Frederic;Schama, Simon

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ISBN 10: 0810935228 / ISBN 13: 9780810935228
Published by Harry N Abrams Inc, 1996
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Title: Jews/America/a Representation: A ...

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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For many years, French photographer Frederic Brenner has travelled the world, documenting the lives of Jews on five continents to create a visual anthology of the Jewish diaspora. This book chronicles the American portion of his odyssey, recording the extraodinary diversity of Jewish life in large cities and small communities in 32 states. He photographed the faces of ordinary people as well as the famous and accomplished, such as Isaac Stern, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Walter Annenberg, Saul Bellow, Ruth Bader-Ginsberg and Estee Lauder. This mosaic of a widely-varied cultural experience incorporates the Psychoanalytic Society of New York City, Jewish Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in Miami Beach, the Hebrew Academy in Las Vegas, and a spiritual gathering of Navajos and Jews in Monument Valley. Introducing the photographs is an essay by a cultural historian, Simon Schama, who is English and thus brings another perspective to bear on the American Jewish experience.


A photographic celebration of the diversity of the Jewish religion and Jewish people in America--from "Jews with Hogs," a portrait of a motorcycle group astride their Harley Davidsons outside a Miami Beach Synagogue, to "Passover 5754," which captures the observance of the holiday feast in a maximum-security women's prison, to "Marxists," a group portrait of a boisterous band of Groucho Marx imitators. Photographer Frederic Brenner goes beyond the confines of conventional Judaism to depict the practical application of the religion in everyday America. A visual catalogue of signs, ritual objects, artifacts, and kitsch rounds out this book.

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