The Hasidim of Crown Heights, Brooklyn: A Community Study by Chie Nishio
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
**This exhibition is located in both the Foyer Cases and the Lobby Gallery (adjacent to the Passport Center), 1st floor.
A broad and intimate portrait of the Crown Heights Hasidim that often captures life from a distinctly female point of view. The black and white images include thoughtfully composed formal portraits along with lively documentations of a wide range of daily life and ritual.
Over a two-year period in the 1990s, Nishio created a broad and intimate portrait of the Crown Heights Hasidim, a very special religious community that enbraced her and granted her all access.
This exhibition is part of a portfolio of over 200 prints, beautiful and inviting photos that often capture life of the Hasidim from a distinctly female point of view. The black and white images include thoughtfully composed formal portraits along with lively documentations of a broad range of daily life and ritual. Although the sensibility is distinctly sympathetic and sensitive, one discerns a certain crisp detachment and humor as well.
Chie Nishio is a lively 84-year-old who trained as a documentary photographer in her youth in Japan. During her long marriage to an American journalist, she turned her lens on several American sub-communities, including the Hasidim of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Sioux and the senior “Bench Sitters” of Central Park. She continues to take photos every day.
Special thanks to Mark Levine, Assistant Manager of the Arts & History Division at Brooklyn Public Library and Rabbi Motti Seligson, Director of Media Relations at Chabad.
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