Saturday, August 8, 2020



Helping During COVID: Driving Across a Socially Distanced America

BY EVAN B. STONE During COVID-19, what can you do to highlight the changes and needs in our country and communities? Brian...

Israeli Swims Beside and Photographs Polar Bears in ‘Picture of His Life’

“Only five people have swum with polar bears,” he said. “There have been far more men on the moon.” 

An Accidental Walk Through History

It’s true. Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them.  Our family was planning a trip to Chicago to attend a bat mitzvah....

Artist of the Week: ‘Agamon Hula: Light’

    By Tzachi Yaffe “Agamon Hula: Light,” 2015 Cranes at the Hula Nature Reserve in Upper Galilee, Israel. “Agamon Hula: Light” was part of the international exhibition...

Two Nice Jewish Boys Episode 103 – A Thousand Words in Focus

In today’s world every one of us is a pseudo-photographer. The ubiquity of advanced photography devices has turned us into compulsive picture snappers. But despite...

Photographer Trains Her Eye on Vanishing Jewish Communities

In 2007, while working on a Jewish-themed photography project in India, New York-based photographer Chrystie Sherman decided to travel from Delhi to Kabul to...

Legally Blind Photographer Comes Into New Focus

Throughout his career as a photographer, David Katz has snapped portraits of political and entertainment industry titans. The list of those seen through his lens...

Rare Holocaust photos resurface in North Hollywood home

The 13 black-and-white pictures sat in a cardboard box in a North Hollywood residence, half a world and seven decades removed from the horrors...

Lauren Greenfield exhibition examines how wealth skews values

In a portrait by the esteemed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, a plump 13-year-old named Adam romps with a go-go dancer at his bar...

Ellis Island: Gateway and holding cell

When photographer Stephen Wilkes first visited the sprawling abandoned hospital complex on Ellis Island almost two decades ago, he became obsessed with the wards...

Sweeping vistas with sinister underlays

Richard Misrach’s photographs shot over the past four decades offer a stark reminder of how human industry corrupts the landscape.

Artist finds peace, family in Brazil through philanthropic photography of Yanomami indians

Anyone traveling to Brazil — perhaps for this summer’s Olympic soccer competition — should make a point to stop at the Inhotim contemporary art center in Brumadinho, which at 5,000 acres is considered the largest art park in the world.

Survivors and mementos with meaning

When she arranged to meet and photograph the Holocaust survivors of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ Café Europa, Barbara Mack gave them only one instruction: Bring something of personal value.

Poet ponders what transpired after photographer’s shutter clicked

The 1913 photograph by August Sander on the cover of Adam Kirsch’s third book of poetry, “Emblems of the Passing World: Poems After Photographs by August Sander” (Other Press), shows two young women in high-necked blouses gazing at the camera over cups of morning coffee.

New Skirball exhibition channels the power of you

As we enter the holiday season of giving, many of us think about how we can donate our time and money in a meaningful way.

Photographing Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and L.A.

In the 1980s, when photojournalist Irene Fertik learned that Ethiopian Jews were being airlifted to Israel, she wondered how they would be treated in their new country.

Cedars-Sinai through a doctor’s lens

For four decades, endocrinologist Dr. Roger Lerner walked the halls of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center solely to attend to patients.

Cancer obscura

If a feel-good book about cancer sounds like an oxymoron, just pick up a copy of “New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors” by Bill Aron (Skyhorse Publishing), a tour de force from one of America’s most accomplished photographers.

‘Sacred Faces’ photos find inspiration in religious imagery

Whether photographing a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of a Buddha or the grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery as well as the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.

Photographer Bruce Davidson’s eye for the beauty of people on the margins

Bruce Davidson’s influence looms large in the world of American photography.

Photographers share their favorite weddings photos

For a newly married couple, the wedding day itself can be a blur. The nerves, the excitement, the rush of a life-changing celebration. That’s why the ever-present, artistic eye of the photographer becomes so important in capturing memories of the occasion.

An eye for synagogue photography: Louis Davidson

If you want to track down Louis Davidson, try the local synagogue.

Vermont Avenue communities on display in Santa Monica

Nearly every day for a year and a half, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg woke up at 7 a.m. and traveled along one of Los Angeles’ longest streets, Vermont Avenue. She’d snap photos of the people on the street, capturing scenes from the various distinct neighborhoods.

My 50 best friends are Holocaust survivors

“How did you learn to make brushes? Who taught you?” I’m talking to Boris Abel on the phone, trying to fill in some small details requested by my editor of his Holocaust experiences.

Barbra Steisand arrives in Israel

Barbra Streisand arrives in Israel in this photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/AJR Photography

Outstanding Graduate: Joelle Milman — Transforming herself

When Joelle Milman was a high school sophomore, she met award-winning photographer Art Streiber, who has contributed to Vanity Fair among other high-profile publications.

My Single Peeps: Brandon B.

Brandon’s an only child. He tells me he’s the kind of kid who kept to himself. “I didn’t break out of my shell until late in high school. I’m still kind of introverted, but an outgoing introvert, if that makes sense.”

‘Women and War’

Growing up in Beverly Hills, Marissa Roth remembers her father and mother, both European refugees, as parents who repressed their emotions and personal suffering, and forbade their children to cry.

Red tape imperils naked photo shoot at Dead Sea

A planned photo shoot of some 1,000 naked Israelis is in jeopardy after the regional council where the event is to be held said it had not given its authorization.

Holy land revealed

With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

Latest news

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

B’nai Brith Canada Calls on Police to Investigate Polish Paper for Blaming COVID-19 on Jews

"To publish something like this in a Canadian newspaper, whether it’s in English or non-English, is criminal," B'nai Brith Canada said.

Jewish Veteran Who Had Democratic Party Backing Loses Tennessee Senate Primary to Progressive Activist

The progressive activist who won is an environmental activist with the Sierra Club.

Oakland A’s Bench Coach Apologizes for Making Accidental Nazi Salute

"My gesture resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I absolutely do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”