WITH THE ZACK GALLERY
Thursday, February 11, 7:00pm
Memories of Jewish Poland: The 1932 Photographs of Nachum Tim Gidal
Curated and with a preface by YOSEF WOSK, Ph.D
Introduction by NISSAN N. PEREZ, Ph.D
Coordinated by DIANE EVANS
In 1932, the budding 23-year-old photographer Nachum Gidalewitsch (who would become the celebrated Israeli photographer Tim Gidal) set out from Munich to visit relatives and document what he viewed as exotic locals in Jewish Poland. The extraordinary photographic record of that visit is presented here for the first time in book form, in a poignant remembrance of a community that had no way to know it was in its last years.
So early in his remarkable career, Gidal portrays the moving ordinariness of a thriving community just before its annihilation. These straightforward, honest, and intimate portraits embody the mission the photographer himself once described as “capturing variations on the everlasting tragicomedy of human life.”
Throughout a career that spanned the better part of the twentieth century, Gidal imparted his genuine compassion for his subject matter and his profound belief in the significance of the photographer’s role as an historical eyewitness.
Recently inducted as an Officer of The Order of Canada and described as “a Renaissance man of the 21st century”, YOSEF WOSK has been deeply involved in education, the arts, libraries, museums, social services, nature, heritage preservation, religion and wide-ranging philanthropy. A rabbi and community activist, cited as a “polymath and a rebel brain,” he is a published author of multiple topics and styles, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he formerly served as Director of Interdisciplinary Programs. Besides curating exhibitions and writing essays on aesthetics, he has been collecting art for over fifty years and has one of the most significant photography collections in the province.
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