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Homelands in Exile

Photographs by Frederic Brenner. Text by Andre Aciman, Jacque Derrida, Carlos Fuentes, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, and Julius Lester.
Harper Collins, New York, 2003. 508 pp., 264 duotone illustrations and 4-page color inserts, 12¾x11½".

The theme of identity and culture is a strong undercurrent in several of this season's best books and exhibitions, but none is more explicit, penetrating and arresting than Diaspora. For the past 25 years, Frederic Brenner has been photographing Jews worldwide, travelling from his native Paris to the former Soviet Union, Yemen, Morocco, and the United States—some 40 countries on 5 continents. As his travels increased, so too did his understanding of Jewish identity. "And as I found a much broader spectrum of expressions and representations of Judaism, I began juxtaposing and compressing the documentary material that I had collected in succintct, multilayered photographs." The sheer diversity of people represented here begs the question, "Who are the Jews?" With over 80,000 photographs made (140 printed here), Brenner has begun to provide a personal answer. Read Publisher's Description.

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