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Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry. A presentation by Penny Wolin

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Over a six-year period, photographer and author Penny Wolin embarked upon multiple road trips across America, photographing and interviewing more than seventy leading Jewish photographers. Her new book, Descendants of Light, assembles her portraits of each subject, excerpted interviews, ancestral photographs collected from each photographer, and an emblematic example of each artist’s work. Wolin will present visual images from the book and discuss her sessions with the photographers in which they explored questions of art and Jewish identity.

Penny Wolin has worked in commercial, editorial, and documentary photography since her youth. She received her undergraduate degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, studied visual anthropology in the graduate program at UCLA, and was awarded a directing fellowship to the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. She has exhibited solo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her book The Jews of Wyoming: Fringe of the Diaspora was published in 2000.

Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum.