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It is with great pleasure that we are exhibiting 20 of Neil Folberg’s newest photographs.  They will be j uxtaposed with photographs from his award winning suite entitled Celest ial Nights.  Folberg is not only a photographer and not only a fine te chnician but his camera is his brush as he is an artist with a poetic and m ystical connection to his subjects.  Folberg is profoundly steeped in Jewis h history and its connection to the “land.” 

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He says of this work:

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“In the ten years or so that have passed since Celestial Nights was published my work has taken other directions\ , but all of my work beginning with the desert landscapes I made in the Sin ai in the 1980's has been grounded in place. A sense of place and time – th at is the essence of presence in a photographic image.”

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“In some of my most recent work I have added the element of story-telling\, as in the series Serpent's Chronicle which was first shown at this gallery and is now scheduled for Spring 2013 publicati on by Abbeville Press\; but in this group of photographs\, I return to my r oots in landscape.”

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“The topography of the land in Israel is only partly nature\; this land h as been continuously settled and has been shaped by people who have left th eir mark on the land. Places that seem to be totally wild have functioned a s major trade routes. Rocky desert hills are terraced\, their steep incline s covered with the tracks of goats and shepherds over millenia. The level o f the Dead Sea rises and recedes according to rainfall and the amount of wa ter drawn from its sources. Negev hills above the Ruhama Badlands will soon be covered with grain. A Mediterranean port that functioned in the time of Jonah is now washed over by waves\, but you can still see the ancient foun dations. The Gamla fortress where ancient Israel made its last stand agains t the Roman legions is now just a stone etching on a precipitous incline. A Second Temple period olive oil factory is being excavated before a new nei ghborhood can rise above it. Modi'in\,

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the ancient site where the Hasmonean Jewish dyna sty originated is once again a well developed urban center.”

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“The topography of the land is shaped by time. Thes e images show me my place in history. The images from Celestial Nights< /em> show me where my place is in our Milky Way Galaxy.”

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Neil Folberg was born in San Francisco in 1950\, but sp ent most of his childhood in the Midwestern United States\, becoming intere sted in photography around 1966.  In 1967 he began studies with Ansel Adams \, the American landscape photographer.  In 1968 Folberg enrolled at the Un iversity of California at Berkeley\, which led through a program of individ ualized study with William Garnett to a B.A. in Photographic Field Studies.   He was married in 1975 and in 1976 he and his wife settled in Jerusalem\, where he is often found in his Vision Gallery.

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In 1979\, Folberg began photographing in the Sinai\, working the re until Sinai was returned to Egyptian control. His desert landscapes have been collected together along with a text that Folberg wrote in a book tit led In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel\, Egypt and Jordan\, p ublished by Abbeville Press of New York in 1987. 

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He had a major retrospective exhibition at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saone\, France in 1990/91. In 1992\, he was commissio ned by the Aperture Foundation to photograph synagogues all over the world.   The book\, And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the W orld was accompanied by traveling exhibitions in Europe and the United States and publication of a portfolio of EverColor pigment transfer prints by Aperture Press and Vision Editions.

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He returned to black-and-white work with a series of photographs of star ry night landscapes set in ancient ruins and scenes of the Middle East.  Th is work was collected in the book\, Celestial Nights: Visions of an Anc ient Land (Aperture Press\, New York 2001)\, winner of the New York Bo ok Show Prize\, First Place Photography\, 2002. This too became an Aperture traveling exhibition through 2007 in the United States and Israel.

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Folberg has had over 50 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States\, Israel\, Australia\, France\, Denmark Yugoslavia\, Canada\, Norway\, Germany and the Netherlands.  His ar t is in the collections of over 25 museums in the United States\, France\, Germany\, Australia\, Norway\, the Netherlands\, and Israel.

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