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Self-Portraits with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World

Self-Portraits with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World began on April 7, 1954 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 four years old, was the initial photograph in this lifelong series.

Some of the photographs from Self-Portraits with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World are available for purchase as signed, archival pigment prints. Contact jim@jamesfriedmanphotographer.com with inquiries about purchases, gallery representation, printed-on-paper and online publication, research and museum and gallery exhibition initiatives.