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Frederic Brenner: Camera Diary – Ethiopia 1983


In 1983, Frédéric Brenner, the acclaimed French photographer, traveled to Ethiopia. Known for his portraits of Jewish communities around the world, he set out to document the culture and traditions of Ethiopian Jews living in Gondar and the Semien Mountains. Little did he realize that his remarkable photographs would chronicle a community on the eve of irrevocable change. Shortly after Brenner’s visit, Ethiopia’s Jews began emigrating en masse to Israel in Operation Moses.

These photographs were selected from Brenner’s 1983 exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot. They are a fitting and moving introduction to our exhibition on the lives of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, Operation Moses: 30 Years After.

All photographs are 1983 silver prints

They are from the Ambober, Wolleka, Abba Entonis and Shewada villages.

 

 

Young mother and baby in an ANKALBA (leather carrier), Ambober. Frederic Brenner

Young mother and baby in an ANKALBA (leather carrier), Ambober. Frederic Brenner