After Weegee: Essays on Contemporary Jewish American Photographers

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Syracuse University Press
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6.36 X 1.06 X 9.24 inches | 1.31 pounds

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About the Author
Daniel Morris is professor of English at Purdue University. He is the author of critical studies on William Carlos Williams, Louise Glück, and the writings of contemporary American authors on modern art. He is the coeditor of the interdisciplinary Jewish studies journal Shofar.
A compelling book and a welcome intervention into the history of American photography.--Joseph Entin, author of Sensational Modernism: Experimental Fiction and Photography in Thirties America
Taking up the provocative issue of the relationship between Jews and photographic practice in the US, After Weegee ranges across an impressively varied group of photographers and contexts, exploring the ongoing effects of a foundational tradition of documentary engagement in the work of postwar Jewish-American photographers.--Sara Blair, author of Harlem Crossroads: Black Writers and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century
In his latest book, Morris explores the works of 10 Jewish photographers and how their work relates to their Jewish heritage, as well as why and how Jewish photographers have distinguished themselves in their field. Morris begins with Weegee (Arthur Fellig), 'a chronicler of death and heartbreak, ' and moves on to the photographs of Bruce Davidson, Jim Goldberg, Mel Rosenthal, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Allen Ginsberg, Annie Leibovitz, Tyagan Miller, and Marc Asnin. . . . Morris concludes that photography is one means of 'witnessing as a form of social responsibility related to the biblical imperative, the injunction to Remember (Zakhor).'--Publishers Weekly