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Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry by Penny Wolin


“ … Witnesses to the icons and iconic events of American and world history since the dawn of photography.”

The book is entitled Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry. The table of contents offers an impressive list of credits: from Diane Arbus to Lloyd Ziff, from Richard Avedon to Joel Peter Witkin: sixty-five essential photographers.
The author of this comprehensive book is Penny Wolin. During eight years, she photographed and interviewed living photographers or close family members of those who were deceased. Her presentation of each of them includes her portrait, excerpted interviews, an image of their ancestors or otherwise related to their past, and an iconic photograph of their making. We are perusing the book on the occasion of a year-long lecture series taking place in the US!

Her first-person collaboration with each photographer, or with close family members if deceased, reveals candid, sometimes controversial conversations; exploring a multi-generational story of the intersection between American Jewish culture, modern America and the art of photography.

From Alfred Stieglitz to Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Lauren Greenfield, Arnold Newman, Robert Frank and scores of others: the photographers included in this beautiful volume have created and continue to build the visual lexicon of American culture.

They have taught the world how to see.

Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry by Penny Wolin
Hardcover, 10×14 inches, 244 pages, 235 duo-tone and color photographic illustrations with text.
Glossary, bibliography, index; made in USA.
ISBN: 978-0-9676357-2-9
Released in 2015
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Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, March 20, 1:00pm
Book Passage, Corte Madera, March 26, 1:00pm
Art Center College, Pasadena, March 29, 1:00pm
Vroman’s Books – Pasadena, CA – April 2, 3:00pm
The Image Flow – Mill Valley, CA – April 20, 7:00pm
92nd St Y, Manhattan, May 3, 7:00pm (In conversation with Jill Freedman and Ed Kashi)
Syracuse University, May 11, 7:00pm (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)
George Eastman Museum – Rochester, New York – May 12, 7:00pm

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