Jews and Photography in Britain
Chair: Francis Hodgson
Until now, little attention has been paid to the pioneering role of Jews in all facets of British photography, from the mid-19th century to the Queen’s controversial 2007 photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz. Professor Michael Berkowitz has conducted the first-ever historical investigation of the vital contribution Jews have made to photography’s history. He discusses his findings with photography critic Francis Hodgson.
Michael Berkowitz is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London and editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England. His earlier books include Western Jewry and the Zionist Project 1914-1933 and Zionist Culture and West European Jewry before the First World War.
Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, the photography critic of The FT and one of the founders of the Prix Pictet. He is a former head of the photographs department at Sotheby’s and an art adviser specialising in fine photographs.