From Selfie to Groupie is a book of photographs and essays exploring the variety and intricacy of Jewish-American identity by Alina and Jeff Bliumis. The pair began their visual survey in the Russian-Jewish immigrant enclave of Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach before expanding to the wider Jewish-American community in locations from New York to Philadelphia, Miami, Sonoma Valley, and St. Paul.
In total, 1,922 people participated in creating a portrait of the community — in its many shades, shapes, and sizes — and a collaborative statement about collective identity. Participants ranged from a two-year-old girl who identified herself as a “future president” to vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, who identified himself as “a proud and grateful Jewish American.” The book includes personal essays by David Shneer, Anya Ulinich, Joshua Ellison, visual data analysis by Jenya Gorbatsevich, and a historic essay by Konrad Bercovici.
The publication has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.