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A culture of celebrations: photographs of Sydney’s Jewish community

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The State Library of NSW’s new photography display offers an intimate glimpse into Sydney’s dynamic Jewish community, opening on 1 March as part of Multicultural March 2016.

Photographer D-Mo Zajac spent five years capturing cultural and religious events, including the quintessential Jewish celebrations Shabbath, Hannukah, Bar Mitzvah’s and Bat Mitzvah’s.

The display features 18 images from D-Mo’s rich archive, including her first photograph taken in 2010 when she was welcomed into the home of Rabbi Dovid Slavin and his family in Bondi to celebrate Hannukah, or the 'Festival of Lights'.

'The project became a very personal journey for me when I discovered my own Jewish heritage in the process,' says D-Mo.

D-Mo has been documenting refugee and migrant communities in Australia and overseas since 2008.  A migrant herself, D-Mo says that her photography has undoubtedly been influenced by her own experiences; 'Taking photographs is often more of a reflection of who we are than the subjects.'

Celebration: Jewish Community Photographs is a free display at the State Library of NSW from 1 March to 5 June 2016.

D-Mo Zajac and State Library curator Anni Turnbull are available for interviews

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