About US-american photographer and editor Jason ESKENAZI (b. 1960)
The fall of the Berlin Wall led him out of Queens into the larger world. After trips to Germany and Romania for their first democratic elections he traveled to Russia in 1991, just before the August coup that marked the end of the USSR, and has returned many times since culminating in a photography book project called 'Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith'. In 2004 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia to make a series of large format color portraits called 'Title Nation' with a Russian colleague.
For economic reasons, he took a job as a Security Guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) from March 2008–Nov 2009. He created and co-edited a new independent magazine for the guards called SW!PE which received media attention; NY Times, NPR, Reuters TV, The Leonard Lopate Show, etc. Another result of my time at the museum was the creation of 'The Americans List' where 270 photographers commented on the 'Robert Frank. Looking In' exhibit at the MET. He has received numerous awards and his work has appeared in many magazines including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Soros Foundation publications. In addition to his own photographs, he currently publishes photo books together with Igor POSNER at Red Hook Editions.
Photo books by Jason ESKENAZI
- 'Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith' (2008, 2020); 'The Americans List' (2012); 'The Americans List II' (2016); 'The Black Garden' (2019); 'Departure Lounge' (2019)
- 1999: Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship;
2004: Fulbright Scholarship
2008: Best Photography Book POYi for 'Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith'