Morocco: Photographs by Elias Harrus and Pauline Prior

11 November 2010 - 6 March 2011

An exhibition of photographs revealed the almost forgotten Jewish community of southern Morocco, where for over 1000 years Jewish life was marked by social and cultural co-existence with Muslim society.

The exhibition featured evocative photographs from the Atlas Mountains and Sahara oases. Early photographs, taken in the 1940s and 1950s by Elias Harrus, reflected the deep links in Morocco between the Jewish and Muslim communities, their religious life, crafts and traditions. What makes them so precious is that the communities represented have since virtually disappeared. This exhibition was therefore a rare snapshot into a vanished world. In 2008, Pauline Prior revisited the regions photographed by Harrus and found a very different Morocco to the one Harrus had documented 50 years earlier.

Also on display was rare film footage, as well as traditional ceremonial costume from Morocco and a selection of jewellery from the Dahan-Hirsch Collection, Brussels.

There was a lively programme of accompanying events, talks and performances. Plus the Jewish Museum’s kosher café offered special Moroccan delicacies and the Museum shop was selling a wide selection of Moroccan objects, so everyone could take a piece of Morocco home with them.

Presented at the Jewish Museum London in partnership with the Moroccan British Society.

Morocco: Photographs by Elias Harrus and Pauline Prior was an exhibition from the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam.