Margolis, Paul

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Paul Margolis first picked up a camera at the age of 9.  He is a documentary and fine art photographer, as well as a writer and lecturer. His subjects include people living on the margins of society, vanishing Americana, historic architecture, and the vibrancy of life on the streets.  While he has adapted to digital photography, he still works extensively with black and white film, which he hand-processes and prints himselffor the classic look that medium gives, as well as for itsarchival permanence as a historical record.

Margolis’ projects have included documenting the small Jewish communities of Cuba and Ireland, as well as Jewish poverty in New York City.   After September 11, 2001, he recorded the effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center on New York City.  He also did the photography for a historical guidebook to the Lower East Side of Manhattan.   

More recently, Margolis has been pursuing a number of ongoing documentary projects: photographing individuals who reenact the wars of the 20th century, traveling to Israel to record everyday life there, and photographing the political demonstrations in New York City that followed the 2016 election.  His work has been exhibited in the United States, France and Israel; he has been the subject of a feature TV interview; and he has had extensive press coverage in both American and Israeli publications. 

Documentary and fine art photography have always been Paul’s first loves; however, his background includes working as an editor, teacher, photojournalist and commercial photographer. Largely self-taught as a photographer, he also has an M.A. degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.A. in History from Bard College.  

Individual Exhibitions

2019  Israel Impressions, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL 

2018 Israel Impressions, Congregation B’Nai Israel, Albuquerque, NM
2018 Israel Impressions, Littlewood Fine Arts Co-op and Community Gallery, Yuma, AZ
2018 Impressions d’Israel, Temple Maayane Or, Nice, FRANCE
2017 A War Without Blood and Gore, Beit HaOmanin/The Artist’s House, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
2017 Impressions d’Israel, Communaute Juive Liberale, Paris, FRANCE
2017 Theater of the Everyday, Symphony Space, Bar Thalia Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Israel Impressions, Jewish Federation of Ventura County, Ventura, CA
2016 Israel Impressions, Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA
2016 Theater of the Everyday, Bard College Alumni Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2016 Israel Impressions, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
2015 Israel Impressions, UCLA Dortort Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Theater of the Everyday, Cornelia Street Café Gallery, New York, NY
2015 A War Without Blood and Gore, Hadassah College Gallery, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
2014 Israel Impressions, JCC of Stamford, Stamford, CT
2014 Hidden Ellis Island, Living Room Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY
2011 Hidden Ellis Island, Steamship Lilac Gallery, New York, NY
2006Hidden Ellis Island, JCC of Stamford, Stamford, CT
2006 Remembering the Califon Basket Factory, Califon Historical Society, Califon, NJ
2004 Hidden Ellis Island, Grace Institute Gallery, New York, NY
2002 The Jews of Cuba, DC37 Gallery, New York, NY
1997 The Jews of Cuba, B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum, Washington, DC
1996 The Jews of Cuba, Pro-Jex Gallery, Austin, TX
1993 Jewish and Poor In New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2019  Seduction, The Friday Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 The Intention of Evil, Hebrew Union College Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Non-Member Photography Show, Salmagundi Club Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Faith & Form, The Anne Frank Center, New York, NY
2013 The Salon Show, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2013 New York, New York, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2013 People, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2013 Living Beings, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2012 Ten Years After, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2010 Five New York Photographers, Grace Institute Gallery, New York, NY
2010 The Tugboat Show, The Ear Inn, New York, NY
2009 Symphony in Black and White, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Art of the Wall, Tompkins Square Library, New York, NY
2008 Salon Show, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2008 Women in the Course of Their Daily Lives, Grace Institute Gallery, New York, NY
2008 City Workers Show, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY
2008 Urban Landscapes, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
2008 Ellis Island Memories, JCC of West Orange, West Orange, NJ
2008 Our Flag, Grace Institute Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Here Was New York, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY

American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NYMuseum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, ISRAELBrooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NYLibrary of Congress, Washington, DCNew-York Historical Society, New York, NY

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