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Photography's Jewish Affinities: Unintended Benefits and Squandered Opportunities for Zionism and Israel

Berkowitz, M; (2019) Photography's Jewish Affinities: Unintended Benefits and Squandered Opportunities for Zionism and Israel. Journal of Israeli History , 37 (2) pp. 249-273. 10.1080/13531042.2019.1703340. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores previously undervalued aspects of Zionist and Israeli visual culture in light of the (newly recognized) significance of Jews in the history of photography. Zionism and the emergence of the State of Israel accrued a great deal of good will and benevolent publicity due to the historical confluence between Jews and the rise of photojournalism especially from the 1920s to the 1950s. The first part of the article focuses on Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), and Alfred Eisenstaedt, who were far more important, Berkowitz argues, than expressly Zionist photographers. The piece furthermore details little-known attempts to establish the history of photography as a discipline in Israel under the tutelage of (photographer) Arnold Newman and (photographer and photo-historian) Helmut Gernsheim. Despite the immense overrepresentation of Jews among eminent photographers, and the pioneering roles of Jews in photography, the Hebrew University and Israel Museum could have – but did not – become leading centers for the history of photography.

Type: Article
Title: Photography's Jewish Affinities: Unintended Benefits and Squandered Opportunities for Zionism and Israel
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13531042.2019.1703340
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13531042.2019.1703340
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Photography, photojournalism, Gernsheim, Helmut, Newman, Arnold
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058557
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