What many of us know about Israel, we know in part because of the photographs of Rudi Weissenstein, one of the most prolific documentary photographers in the history of that young country. Weissenstein captured the signing of Israel’s declaration of independence and later went on to photograph more than a million scenes of life, culture and politics across his long-celebrated career.
“Your Fortunate Eyes,” an exhibition of some of his photographs from the 1930s through the ’50s, goes on view with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Jewish Community Center’s Bunis Family Gallery (2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville). The photographs capture a range of historical scenes and figures, from life on a kibbutz to a shot of Golda Meir, later the prime minister of Israel, speaking before a crowd of citizens and military personnel in 1950.
The exhibition, which runs through July 1, was timed to coincide with a June 15 screening of “Life in Stills,” a documentary that chronicles the struggles of Weissenstein’s family to sustain his business and preserve his work for future generations. That screening is part of the 29th Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival which runs from June 6 to 16.
For information, call 204-2255 or jccbuffalo.org.
– Colin Dabkowski