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The Science of Photography: Jewish Pathways

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14 November, 2018 @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Three pictures showing an astronaut and a skull

Discover the Jewish inventors who transformed photography in the 20th century. Professor Michael Berkowitz will explore the particular historical circumstances that allowed and encouraged these Jewish innovators to challenge photographic conventions.

This presentation, complementing Vishniac’s scientific dimension, addresses the Jewish engagement with photographic technologies. Among those to be featured are Gabriel Lippmann, a French pioneer in colour photography; Nahum Luboshez, responsible for huge advances in radiography; Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky, Jr., the co-inventors of Kodachrome; and Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid.

Michael Berkowitz, a native of Rochester, New York, is Professor of modern Jewish history at University College London and editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England. He taught previously at the University of Chicago, Ohio State University, and the University of Judaism (then West Coast branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America). He is most recently the author of Jews and Photography in Britain (University of Texas Press, 2015).

  • Doors – 6pm
  • Café – 6-7pm
  • Galleries – 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm
  • Shop – 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm

Ticket includes entry to Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered.

For free entry for Friends, please book via our Administrator by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7284 7384. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

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14 November, 2018
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
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