Most of these photographs are beautiful studies of faces; a few indicate their post- 2000 esthetic. In fairly even distribution, there are classic shots and funky ones, bringing the artist Judy Chicago’s works to mind, but no abstract/geometric/textural works are in evidence. Much attention has been paid to layout, typography, and overall design, as befits a museum book.
The serious theme is somewhat belied by the cover, a moment under a huppa canopying a cheerful and decidedly multiethnic wedding party with an unseen groom. A rich photographic treat, the book is in a generous but manageable 11”x13” format, augmented by carefully annotated sections: “Framing Jewishness: Photography and the Boundaries of Community,” and “Oy, Are We a Pluribus? Multiculturalism and American Jews.”
Inclusion of a section on the inner workings of exhibition preparation (generally fascinating to the lay public), followed by detailed photographers’ credentials, plus the lightheartedness mentioned above, contribute to this book’s unusual appeal.