February 20, 2014
Thursday, 12:00 pm
306 Royce Hall
Annual Vienna in Los Angeles Seminar Series
Michael Berkowitz, University College London
Alternative Vectors of Insight from Vienna: Jews and Photography
This talk explores Vienna, from the 1850s to the present, as an unusually rich source for studying the history of Jews in photography. The majority of 'quality studios' in Vienna before 1938 were run by Jewish women, and over one hundred fifty Jewish photographers were among the prisoners at the Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II. Berkowitz argues that the historiography of photography is unsettled when a notion of Jewish 'difference' is integrated, emphasizing novel approaches promoted by networks of Jews and applications to the wider world--including Los Angeles.