Israel before Israel. Ze'ev Aleksandrowicz's photographic journey

22 Nov 2017 – 1 Apr 2018

Jüdisches Museum Wien

Wien, Austria


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In 2003 the Aleksandrowicz family discovered a suitcase with 15,000 photo negatives on the roof of their house in Tel Aviv.


They belonged to the late Ze'ev Aleksandrowicz, who was born in 1905 as Wilhelm Aleksandrowicz as the son of a well-situated paper merchant family in Cracow. The surprising treasure in the negative rolls brought to light a photographic world of the 1920s and 1930s with subjects from his Polish homeland, his student days in Vienna and his travels to Palestine between 1932 and 1935.

The exhibition in the "Extra Room" of the Jewish Museum is devoted to Aleksandrowicz 'photographic journeys to Palestine. It becomes clear that the professed Zionist Aleksandrowicz makes his extraordinary interest for the country and all his inhabitants the driving force for an exciting photographic journey. In 1936 Aleksandrowicz married a woman from an "old-fledged" Jewish family from Jaffa. After that, he completely stopped photographing.

Curator: Andrea Winklbauer 
Exhibition design: Conny Cossa


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