|"A Spanish Jew [Sephardi] of Jerusalem" |
(Library of Congress, circa 1921)
Within the vast collection of the American Colony Photographic Department Collection (roughly 1890 - 1946) we discovered amazing picture and postcard portraits taken by Shlomo and Sonia Narinsky. The photographs were sold by the American Colony's souvenir store located inside Jerusalem's Old City near Jaffa Gate.
|"A Vernomito (sic) [Yemenite] Jew |
in Jerusalem" (circa 1921)
Born in the Ukraine in 1885, Shlomo Narinsky studied art in Moscow, Paris and Berlin before moving to Palestine where he set up a studio.
In 1916, Shlomo and his wife were exiled to Egypt by the Turkish rulers.
They returned to the Land of Israel after the British captured the territory in 1918.
|"An Orthodox Jew of Jerusalem"|
|Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, father of |
modern Hebrew (Wikiversity,
|A rabbi and his grandson (Ynet News)|
They returned to Israel, eventually moving to Haifa where Shlomo taught as a photography teacher. He died in 1960, relatively unknown.
|Arab "sorting his wheat." Note the farmer's stance, angle |
of his tool and the sky, and compare to Van Gogh's
painting. See also Narinsky's "Fishermen at Jaffa"
|Van Gogh -- Harvesting wheat in the Alpilles |
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