CHRYSTIE SHERMAN/ LOST FUTURES: Journeys into the Jewish Diaspora
During the past eight years, I have been working on a unique photographic project to visually record Jewish communities that are small and/or in danger of extinction. These communities have their roots in Ancient Babylonian, Persian, Ashkenazi, and Sephardic heritages. For over 2,000 years, these peoples have migrated to many different areas, from the far reaches of the Manchurian border to North Africa. This project, entitled Lost Futures, addresses the issues of who and what will survive after years of oppression, poverty and ultimately emigration.
Photography is a unique tool that can visually record our changing world. There is little ethnographic work done visually in this area and my desire is that Lost Futures will save some of the last traces of these vanishing worlds, by photographically documenting the unique traditions of these fragile communities, which are in danger of disappearing.