The Jewish Inspiration That Guided Photographers of Magnum

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Installation view, Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age


Reached by phone in New York, Micha Bar-Am — who was born in Berlin in 1930 and lives in Israel — said, “There were a number of Jewish photographers that were part of the founding members of Magnum, but I think it was on the basis of their photography, and not necessarily anything to do with their Jewishness.”

… But David “Chim” Seymour’s nephew — Ben Shneiderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park — was more comfortable discussing Magnum in Jewish terms. “Magnum was strongly influenced by its many Jewish members,” he said, noting that they were “very much devoted to tikkun olam.”

Read the full piece at the Jewish Daily Forward.

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