About the French photographer, Frédéric BRENNER (b. 1959, in Paris)

Frédéric BRENNER attended the Sorbonne, where he received a B.A. in French Literature and Social Anthropology in 1981. He later studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and earned an M.A. in Social Anthropology awarded by the Sorbonne.
In 1978, at the age of 19, he embarked on his first photography project, an exploration of Mea Shearim, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. In 1981, he undertook a chronicle of Jewish communities around the world, exploring what it means to live and survive with a portable identity. He spent 25 years in over 40 countries recording the diaspora of the Jews and creating a probing pursuit of the multiplicity of dissonant identities. In 2007, he initiated, organized and was the artistic director of the 'This Place' project, which explored Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor through the eyes of twelve major photographers. In addition to Brenner, the artists participating in the project with thier own series and photo volumes were Wendy EWALD, Rosalind Fox SOLOMON, Martin KOLLAR, Josef KOUDELKA, Jungjin LEE, Gilles PERESS, Fazal SHEIKH, Stephen SHORE, Thomas STRUTH, Jeff WALL as well as Nick WAPLINGTON. 'This Place' resulted in a major touring exhibition, a digital platform, a collective book, ten individual monographs and an exhibition tailored for university campuses.

Photo books by Frédéric BRENNER

'Jérusalem: Instants d'Éternité' (1984); 'Israel' (1988); 'Marranes' (1992); 'Jews/America/A Representation' (1996); 'Exile at Home' (1998); 'DIASPORA: Homelands in Exile' (2003); 'An Archeology of Fear and Desire' (2014)

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'An Archeology of Fear and Desire' by Frédéric BRENNER is an attempt to recontextualize Israel, exploring longing, belonging & exclusion. It is part of a project, were participating Joseph KOUDELKA, Gilles PERESS, Stephen SHORE, Nick WAPLINGTON a.o.
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Selected Awards
  • 2016-2017: Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin
    2003: National Jewish Book Award
    1992: Laureate of the French Academy, Villa Medici, Rome
    1981: Prix Niépce
Selected Exhibitions
  • 2015: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
    2014-2016: This Place, Prague Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art (Florida), Brooklyn Museum of Art
    2004: United Nations, New York
    2003: Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
    1996: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
    1994: Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles
    1993: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York & Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
    1992: International Center of Photography, New York
    1991: Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
    1990: Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles
    1983: Consejo Mexicano de Photographias, Bellas Artes, Mexico City
    1982: Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France