Frédéric Brenner, ‘Yemen’, 1984, Public Art Fund 2014 Benefit Auction

Estimate $3,000. In 1978, photographer Frederic Brenner began a 25-year journey to document the Jewish Diaspora. This project took him through more than 40 countries and resulted in the 2003 publication Diaspora: Homelands in Exile, which gathers together 264 photos, including the one here.


Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Howard Greenberg Gallery

About Frédéric Brenner

Since 1978, anthropologist and photographer Frédéric Brenner has been exploring Jewish identity, chronicling the people and places of the Jewish Diaspora, and focusing on Israel’s complex topography. For his first project, he traveled to the ultra-orthodox enclave of Mea She’arim to photograph this transplantation of shtetl life to the Middle East. In 1981, he embarked upon his career-defining work, a 25-year journey around the world, documenting the Jewish Diaspora in the late 20th century. Of this project, he states: “I came out of it with a lot more questions than answers. Through it a sense of paradox was born in me.” Paradox and questioning led Brenner to This Place (begun 2007), an ambitious endeavor, for which he brought together a group of world-renowned photographers, including Jeff Wall and Josef Koudelka, to produce a more nuanced portrait of Israel.

French, b. 1959