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Ben's Lens

A PHOTOGRAPHIC RETROSPECTIVE by BEN APFELBAUM

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ben1.JPGFor the past several decades, Ben Apfelbaum has photographed the Sydney Jewish community in his spare time, both for his own documentation and as the honorary photographer of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

He has tried to photograph as many aspects of communal life as possible, amassing an extraordinary collection of images as a witness to the vibrancy of the community. Ben’s Lens follows the Jewish calendar of religious festivals, life-cycle ceremonies, carnivals, demonstrations and commemorations, documenting secular and religious Jewish life and culture.

Apfelbaum focuses on the way the community celebrates and commemorates, both privately and publicly, documenting the pride and social consciousness of the community, in a uniquely Sydney context.  The visual record of these ancient customs and traditions testify to the continuity of Jewish life in a dynamic multicultural society that is characteristic of contemporary Australian life.

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