Frederic Brenner (Photographs) New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Stiff boards and comb-like binding. The format is approximately 16.5 inches by 12 inches. xiii, 2-93,  pages. Illustrations (including a number of fold-outs). Cover has some wear and soiling. This is a large and heavy item and if sent outside of the United States would require additional shipping charges. The Psychoanalytic Society of New York City, Jewish Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in Miami Beach, and the spiritual gathering of Navajos and Jews in Monument Valley are some of the diverse images captured by Frederic Brenner in this documentary book. The French photographer has recorded the amazing diversity of Jewish life in large cities and small communities in 32 states. 801 photos. Frédéric Brenner (born 1959) is a French photographer known for his documentation of Jewish communities around the world. His work has been exhibited internationally, among others, at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, Rencontres d'Arles in Arles, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam. In 1996, Brenner created an installation on Ellis Island, in New York, featuring several prominent Jewish Americans, including Lauren Bacall, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mark Spitz and Mayor Ed Koch among others. The installation, and events leading up to it, was filmed by the director Kevin Weyl. In 1981, Brenner began photographing Jewish communities around the world, exploring what it means to live and survive with a portable identity and how Jews adopted the traditions and manners of their home countries and yet remained part of the Jewish people. Sir Simon Michael Schama CBE FBA FRHistS FRSL (born 13 February 1945) is an English historian and television presenter. He specializes in art history, Dutch history, Jewish history, and French history. He is a Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University. Schama first came to public attention with his history of the French Revolution titled Citizens, published in 1989. He is also known for writing and hosting the 15-part BBC television documentary series A History of Britain (2000—2002), as well as other documentary series such as The American Future: A History (2008) and The Story of the Jews (2013). Schama was knighted in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Derived from a Publishers Weekly article: French photographer Brenner spent two years criss-crossing the U.S. to produce this freewheeling, provocative and intriguing portrait of Jewish-American life, from Alaska fur traders to a Miami Beach auto shop owner and Persian immigrants in New Jersey. Imaginative and sometimes artfully posed, his 801 photos often express mordant irony or cultural juxtapositions: a Passover seder, with its emphasis on freedom from bondage in a maximum-security women's prison; Soviet-Asian cab drivers in Coney Island; a chorus line of glamorously dressed Broadway stars at a sukkah feast on a skyscraper roof overlooking the Empire State Building. Brenner exuberantly narrates or reenacts real-life dramas, as in his group portrait of a sheriff and citizens of Billings, Mont., who showed solidarity with a Jewish family whose house had been vandalized. His celebrity portraits of Steven Spielberg, Betty Friedan, Jerry Lewis, Saul Bellow and others subtly ironize the sitters' sense of themselves. Noted cultural historian Schama thoughtfully discusses Brenner as an artist who celebrates the diversity of Jewish- American life and the ambiguous, shifting border between the Jewish and Gentile worlds. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Jews, Gentiles, Pictorial Works, Photojournalism, Ethnicity, Culture, Religion, Jewish-American, Imagery, Community