On Exhibit: Russian and American Jewish Women Photographers in Diaspora

July 29, 2014Bookmark and Share

“Tofakhon in Bukhara” by Joan Roth.

Beginning in the 1920s, Jewish men and women, as members of the Soviet avant-garde of state photographers and photojournalists, transformed how people in the Soviet Union visualized, conceptualized and thought about their country, the war and the world around them, according to Professor Rebecca Kobrin of the Harriman Institute.

The Harriman Institute’s gallery has mounted an exhibition that traces this legacy among women: The Memory of Time & Space: Russian and American Jewish Women Photographers in Diaspora. The photographs, according to Kobrin, demonstrate not only the special relationship between Jews and photography, but also the critical role that women played in developing photography as a viable profession. Shown are works by three female photographers—Svetlana Didorenko, Yulia Levitt and Joan Roth, all from the Russian-Jewish diaspora. Their pictures of the elder generation of Russian-Jewish immigrants, family heirlooms of these migrants and contemporary Jewish life in Ukraine remind us of the distinctive perspective women can offer on the constantly shifting world of Russian-Jewish immigrant life.

The exhibition is on view until August 17, 2014. For more information, visit the Harriman Institute website.

— by Eve Glasberg

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