Face to Face: Encounters Between Jews & Blacks by Laurence Salzmann

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Face to Face: Encounters between Jews & Blacks,* a photo-text work by photographer Laurence Salzmann pairs Philadelphia Jews and Blacks and their comments on their special relationship, as they see it, in particular and in general; as it affects them personally and as it shapes the world in which they live. It delineates the different ways that Jews and Blacks see the same problems.

"I used photo-text to explore and come to grips with my own racism, which I found to be increasing day by day. I found myself connecting my own personal experiences with crime to the negative images of Black men consistently perpetuated by the media. It seems that Blacks and Jews still subscribe to stereotypes and misperceptions about one another, ignoring the real dilemmas in their relationships. I set out on a journey of exploration, not to foreign lands, but to people living in diverse corners of Philadelphia with whom I had never had an opportunity to speak, to find answers to my questions."


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