Mysterious Jerusalem

Monday, September 23, 2019 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem

Among the earliest photographs from Jerusalem were salt-prints made by Ernst Benecke and Auguste Salzmann in 1852 and 1854. The long exposures obliterated all movement and blurred the forms of any people who happened to be passing through: what is left is the enduring image of the buildings and the play of light over their surface for long periods. The negatives were made on waxed paper, whose texture imparts a mysterious glow to the images. Neil Folberg's Celestial Nights series, made from 1997 to 2002, depicted the night landscape under the starry dome. These more modern scenes of Jerusalem resonate with the spirit of the early prints made nearly 150 years earlier.