Far from Zion: Jews, Diaspora, Memory

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Stanford General Books
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10.96 X 11.28 X 0.59 inches | 2.21 pounds

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About the Author

Jason Francisco is a photographer whose work concerns critical approaches to documentary practices. His work includes projects on Jewish history, San Francisco's Chinatown, urban communities in Philadelphia, India and globalization, and contemporary American public spaces. He teaches photography and visual studies at Rutgers University and Stanford University.


"While [Francisco's] subjects are particular and sometimes personal, their message is broad and universal, and this is a powerful photographic testament."--Library Journal
"A true work of mourning and melancholia . . . [I]t reminds the viewer of the special place of memory within Hebrew theology and Jewish tradition and therefore provides a stronger rationale for the use of photography in constructing narratives about identity."--Afterimage
"Jason Francisco's photographs in Far from Zion invite us to follow his exploration of the Jewish historical experience in contemporary times. In their immediacy and their poetry, they suggest that this experience--like one's faith--cannot be explicitly defined. The journey itself is our reward."--Tom Gitterman, Gitterman Gallery "New York "
"This book is a meditation on some of the central questions that frame contemporary American Jewish life--questions of home and place, connection and difference, history and memory. It shows us what the contradictory desires within the Jewish imagination look like. As such, this highly successful work will speak to poets and scholars, photographers and artists, as well as a broader public."--Laura Levitt, Director of Jewish Studies "Temple University "