Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.
Capturing ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem, historical monuments of universal renown, along with scores of techno-muscular “new Jews” building a new homeland, Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillated between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.
A Polish immigrant to the British Mandate of Palestine, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) soon found work as a photographer and graphic designer, employed by both the British government and several Zionist organizations. His photographs, taken between 1923 and 1940, established a new visual record, providing a romanticizing glimpse into the British colonial endeavor. At the same time, his work offered a contemporary view of the plans to create a modern Jewish State in the region.
Curator: Zoe Lewin
Curatorial team: Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Gal Kochavi
Undergraduate Curatorial Assistant: Anna Tseselsky (URAP)
Registrar: Julie Franklin
Preparator: Ernest Jolly
Marketing and Publicity: Lisa Davis
Design: Chun Designs