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Documentors of the dream : pioneer Jewish photographers in the land of Israel, 1890-1933
Silver-Brody, Vivienne.
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Jerusalem : Magnes Press, Hebrew University ; Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, [1998]

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263 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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TR113.I75 S55 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Over 225 striking black and white photographs comprise this comprehensive book, the first to chart the origins and development of Eretz Israel as seen through the eyes of Jewish photographers.

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Although many photographic books have been published on the Holy Land, this is the first one mainly devoted to Jewish photographers who lived there. Many of the photos were not previously published. The material for this well-researched book is largely drawn from Israeli archives and reveals aspects of Israeli society and history often overlooked. The 43-year period covered is devoted to the life and work of ten lesser-known Israeli photographers. Silver-Brody points out that late-19th-century works by Christian photographers--which concentrated on archaeological ruins, local Arabs, and churches--present a Christian point of view, despite the fact that Jews comprised the largest ethnic group living there. Late 19th-century images by Jewish photographers conveyed images of cooperative villages and urban development by East European religious Jews. The year 1900 marks the beginning of a new trend in Jewish photography of the Holy Land. The photos made under the impetus of secular, political Zionism portray the new Jew as farmer, laborer, and skilled craftsman. The book ends with the immigration of German Jews in 1933 who introduced expressionist and Bauhaus influences. Highly recommended to students of photography and modern Jewish history. General readers; graduate students; faculty; professionals. J. Gutmann Wayne State University