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My photographs have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. My work has also appeared in a wide variety of publications and is found in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The International Center for Photography, The Jewish Museum, The Chicago Art Institute, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Mississippi Museum of Art, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Museum of American Jewish History, The Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, and the Museum of the Diaspora, in Tel-Aviv.
I recently returned from Israel where I produced panoramas of Jerusalem and its environs that involved stitching together as many as 25 images into one panorama. That work will be exhibited at the Pucker Gallery in Boston in 2012.
I first gained international recognition for my photographs of Jewish communities around the world. My first book, From The Corners Of The Earth, chronicles the Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, and was published, with an introduction by Chaim Potok, by The Jewish Publication Society.
Algonquin Books published the second volume of my photographs, Shalom Y’all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South, with an introduction by Alfred Uhry.
Two more volumes of my photographs are in preparation: my just completed project, entitled New Beginnings focuses on cancer survivors who have not let a diagnosis of cancer prevent them from living their lives to the fullest. Indeed, in some cases, the diagnosis has served as an impetus to better their lives. The core idea was to interview and create energetic portraits of a diverse group of 100 people for whom this is true. The manuscript is finished and a publisher is being sought.
I also recently completed a manuscript entitled Holocaust Survivors: The Indestructible Spirit with Chapman University and the 1939 Club, in Los Angeles, where I produced 100 photographs of Holocaust survivors in southern California. The images are on display at Chapman.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife and two sons, where I am undoubtedly the only freelance photographer with a Ph.D. in sociology.
Bill Aron Photographer