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In Sight: Seeing the People of the Holy Land

Selections from the Lenkin Family Collection of Photography
L. Fiorillo photographer, Bedouins (n.d.). Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, Penn Libraries
L. Fiorillo photographer, Bedouins (n.d.). Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, Penn Libraries

On exhibit April 3, 2017-March 9, 2018

Early photographs of the Holy Land taken from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth centuries by western photographers are famous for their timeless depictions of unpopulated landscapes and religious sites. This exhibition focuses on the different ways in which the Holy Land's inhabitants appear in these photographs and seeks to reclaim them as subjects in their own right, not merely as props in someone else's story. These images yield complicated realms of vision, imagination, artistic expression, and documentation and move from the studio to the dynamic activities of street life. The images for this exhibition have been selected from the Lenkin Family Collection of Photography at the Penn Libraries, which contains more than 3,700 original photographs of the Holy Land taken from 1850 to 1937. 

Visit the virtual exhibition.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:30 PM
Lecture and opening reception

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Join exhibition curator Hila Fishman to hear more about the inspiration behind the exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.
 

Images of the Holy Land - A set of twelve notecards

A set of notecards featuring twelve images of the Holy Land selected from the Lenkin Family Collection of Photography is available for purchase.

Installation views of In Sight exhibition

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