Paradigm Lecture Series: Laurence Salzmann

Terra Hall, Room 202

The Photography program presents a lecture by photographer/filmmaker Laurence Salzmann in conjunction with his current exhibition on the Spanish Jewish culture, which runs through April 14 at the Gershman Y. He has documented the Sephardic Jewish community of Turkey over several decades. In this show, he provides updates on subjects he shot 20 years ago, revealing the changes this fascinating, thriving community has experienced in modern Turkey.

Salzmann is a native of Philadelphia who has worked as a photographer/ filmmaker since the early 1960s. His projects document the lives of little-known groups in America and abroad. He looks at the lives of people ranging from occupants of single-room occupancy hotels in New York City to transhumant shepherds in Transylvania, residents of a Mexican village and Philadelphia Mummers. His photographic study of a nearly extinct Jewish community in Romania was published as The Last Jews of Radauti by Dial/Doubleday in 1983, with text by Ayse Guersan-Salzmann. His most recent work in Cuba is soon to be published in book form by Blue Flower Press under the title La Lucha/The Struggle.

Salzmann's photographic method is deeply informed by his background in anthropology and involves long-term participation in and observation of groups or events. His work illustrates how lives and events are shaped by the environments and conditions in which people live.

Terra Hall
211 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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