Friday, January 30, 2009
I had a productive day yesterday working on the documentary project of Columbia Pike, in Arlington VA, that I am working in collaboration with Mimi Xang Ho, Paula Endo, and Duy Tran.
To see much more of this work, please visit:
I had the honor to meet and photograph Rosa Parks, the fearless Civil Rights heroine, on a number of occasions.
For many years, my dear friend, social worker and activist, soul-sister Ella McCall Haygen, ran the Washington, DC portion of Miss Parks' "Pathways to Freedom" program. Through Ella's kindness and confidence in me, I was privileged to be able to make and share these images.
Thank you Miss Rosa.
Thank you Ella.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Jewish Grassroots Action Network threw a pre-inaugural dinner and concert in Washington, DC, in honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Adrianne Greenbaum, a noted klezmer musician, assembled and led an all-star group for the occasion, featuring world-renowned clarinetist Joel Rubin, and violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, among other superb players.
They premiered Adrianne's special composition for the occasion, the spirited Yiddish March for the Inauguration "Yidishe Marsh far der Inoyguratsie."
Like everyone else, the Jews are happy. Blessings and mazel tov to us all, and to President Obama.
Flory Jagoda, the legendary Ladino musician, with her ensemble, Alteras, at a recent Folklore Society of Greater Washington concert, held at Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, DC.
Alteras is: Flory Jagoda, Alan Oresky, Susan Gaeta, Larry Robinson, Joanna Stefanick, Marjie Jervis, and Lynn Falk.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
This is a posting from an older assignment that I felt was worth sharing:
Irene Weiss, a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, sitting in front of a photo-mural in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It depicts a mass of Hungarian Jewish prisoners disembarking from a transport train in Birkenau, Poland in May, 1944. A German officer took the photo, which was found after the war. Ms. Weiss, who was 12 at the time, is pictured on the mural at center left- she is the young girl in the headscarf. Some unusual circumstances caused her and her sister to survive the cruel selections made by the Nazi camp adminstrators, but her parents and other family members were chosen for death, and were killed that very day in the gas chambers.
Ms. Weiss lives in Fairfax VA.
I had a chance meeting with her daughter recently, and it brought this portrait to mind. It was made on assignment in summer 1994 for Washington Jewish Week.