Jews and Photography in Britain

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 pm
Image of book cover Jews and Photography in Britain by Michael Berkowitz
Michael Berkowitz, professor of modern Jewish history at University College, London, discusses his book Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850 - 2007 (University of Texas Press). Reception to follow. Free.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Jewish Studies Department
Fred Astren
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Berkowitz’s ongoing research focuses on Jewish networks in radiography, the invention of Kodachrome, history of photojournalism and a reconsideration of the career of Helmut Gernsheim. Current work includes an essay, “Lost in the Transnational: Photographic Initiatives of Walter and Helmut Gernsheim in Britain,” and an article on Jewish humor in Britain. His scholarship has dealt broadly with modern Jewish identity formation and political self-­representation between 1881 and 1948; relationships between art, politics and culture; sport (especially boxing) and spectacle; the politics of religion in Mandate Palestine; perceptions of criminality and social deviance from early modern times to the present; Jews and German culture; ties between charity and nationalism; and modes of understanding and misunderstanding the Holocaust.

This event is part of SF State’s Jewish Studies Community Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.