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Light Is My Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions explores three themes. With “Darkness into Light,” Todd Weinstein spent six years photographing the reemergence of Jewish life in modern-day Germany. This project helped Weinstein understand how Holocaust survivors could go on with their lives in a country soaked with Jewish blood. It also gave him a deeper understanding of his own Jewish identity and heritage.

As Weinstein continued to document Jewish life in Western Europe after the Holocaust, he began to ask himself “What could have saved the Jews? What could have saved the world?” Weinstein began to think the 36 Righteous Ones of Jewish legend may hold the key. It is said the presence of these 36 keeps the world from destruction in times of peril. By photographing images of human faces and gestures he saw in stone, metal, glass, shadows, fragments and stains, Weinstein found a way to address the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust.

In the third section of Light Is My Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions, Weinstein captures the faces of the Prophets in a group of rocks and a twisted scrap of cloth, for example, or the image of Moses and the tablets revealed in the patterns of a broken piece of marble.

Weinstein’s four decades of work span a wide range of genres from documentary and street photography to abstract and commercial work. His photographs have been exhibited at The Detroit Institute of Arts, New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, Pace/MacGill Gallery and Yeshiva University Museum. Weinstein turned his attention to Jewish themes in the early 1990s when he spent time in Germany documenting the resurgence of Jewish life in the country. That work culminated in the show “Darkness into Light: The Resurgence of Jewish Culture in Germany,” which premiered in Detroit.

“We are looking forward to hosting Light Is My Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions for the next few months,” said Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman. “Like all of the exhibits we display in our museum, Light Is My Voice not only evokes a sense of history in our visitors, but also messages of social responsibility and morality.”

Light Is My Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions
Todd Weinstein

Through December 22nd 2014
Holocaust Memorial Center
Zekelman Family Campus
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills,
Michigan 48334
United States

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Todd Weinstein

Todd Weinstein is an American photographer, born in 1951 in Detroit.