Self-Portrait with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World
Self-Portrait with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World began on April 7, 1955 when I witnessed our family's dog hanging from a pole in our backyard. Proudly claiming responsibility for the lynching were anti-Semitic German neighbors who, during the next decade would not only set our house on fire, but would also damage it with gunfire. The lynching inspired me to an act of defiance on the very next day when I felt compelled to take a self-portrait. Although I didn't realize it until many years later, that self-portrait, made when I was five years old, was the initial photograph in this lifelong series.