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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Neil Folberg

Names:
Other: Neil H. Folberg 
Dates:  1950, 7 April -
Born:  US, CA, San Francisco
Active:  US / Israel / Greece
Website:  www.neilfolberg.com
 
  
Wonderful images of synagogues from around the world in his 1995 book ‘And I Shall Dwell Among Them‘. He is also a photographer who mixes the landscapes of the night with the stars to create images that appear to be theatrical backdrops for a theatre of the divine.

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Neil Folberg was born in San Francisco in 1950, but spent most of his childhood in the Midwestern United States, becoming interested in photography around 1966. In 1967 he began studies with Ansel Adams, the American landscape photographer. In 1968 Folberg enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley which led through a program of individualized 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. They have three boys.
 
In 1979, Folberg began photographing in the Sinai, working there until Sinai was returned to Egyptian control. His desert landscapes have been collected together along with a text that Folberg wrote in a book titled In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan by Neil Folberg published by Abbeville Press of New York in 1987.
 
He had a major retrospective exhibition at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saone, France in 1990/91. In 1992, he was commissioned by the Aperture Foundation to photograph synagogues all over the world, published by Aperture Press, New York. The book, And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World was accompanied by travelling exhibitions in Europe and the United States and publication of a portfolio of EverColor pigment transfer prints by Aperture Press and Vision Editions.
 
He has returned to black-and-white work with his new series of photographs of starry night landscapes set in ancient ruins and scenes of the Middle East. This works has been collected together in the book, Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land (Aperture Press, New York 2001) He is often found in Vision Gallery in Jerusalem.
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2007 Neil Folberg, mid-career survey, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
2007 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
2007 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
2006 The Impressionists' Salon, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
2006 The French Impressionists in contemporary photographs, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2006 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Gershman Y Galleries, The Borowsky and Open Lens Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Manet, Morisot and Friends, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
2005 Celestial Nights, Pikto Gallery, Toronto
2004 Galerie Zéro l'infini, Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
2004 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, The Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
2003 Celestial Nights: Ra'anana Municipal Art Gallery, Israel
2002 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Groningen Nature Museum, in co-operation with Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen, Holland
2002 Celestial Nights, Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, NY
2002 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, La Galerie Photographies, Montpellier, France
2002 Celestial Nights, Klotz/Sirmon Gallery, New York
2001 Celestial Nights, Vision Gallery, Jerusalem
2000 Celestial Nights, Galerie Mistral, Montreal
2000 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Galerie Fiolet, Winterswijk, Holland
2000 Celestial Nights, Fine Gallery, Atlanta JCC, Atlanta
2000 Celestial Nights, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco
2000 Celestial Nights, Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago
1999 Celestial Nights, Alan Klotz/Photocollect Gallery, New York
1998 Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco
1998 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Spertus Museum, Chicago
1997 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach 1997 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver
1996 Ansel Adams Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA
1996 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Jewish Museum, Camden, London
1996 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Municipal Archives, Krefeld, Germany
1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition, Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Vision Gallery, San Francisco
1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition
1995 At De Beyerd Museum of Contemporary Art, Breda, Netherlands
1992 Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai, Kiryat Shemona, Israel
1992 University Art Gallery, University of the Negev, Beersheva
1992 Northlight Gallery, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
1992 Silver Light Gallery, Seattle, WA
1991 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
1990 Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
1990 Ha'aretz Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
1989 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX
1987 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987 Ledel Gallery, New York
1986 University of the Pacific, CA (with Brett Weston)
1986 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1985 George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
1985 California State University, Hayward, CA
1985 The Photography Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1985 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1984 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1983 Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Here and Now, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1982 Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
1982 Galerie Fiolet, Amsterdam
1981 Hillel Gallery, Jerusalem
1981 Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
1980 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 Camera Obscura Gallery, Stockholm
1980 Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1979 Fresno Art Center, Fresno, CA
1979 American Cultural Centers, Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv
1979 Punkt Gallery, Copenhagen
1976 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1974 American Cultural Center, Skopje, Yugoslavia
1974 The Lowie Museum, Berkeley, CA
1973 The Studio Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1972 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
 
Group exhibitions
 
2006 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Florida
2006 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
2006 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, Dayton Art Institute
2005 Galerie Zéro l'infini, Kunst 05, Zurich
2005 Camera Sacra, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2004 Prochaine Station Cosmos, Hotel de Sponeck, L'Allan scéne nationale par le19, centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard, France
2004 Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
2003 Michael Hoffman Memorial Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2002 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, New York
2002 New Work, New Directions, LA County Museum of Art
2000 The Best of Aperture, Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
2000 The Holy Land Revealed, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2000 100 Years of Photography in Eretz Israel. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
 
Publications
 
2002 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
2002 Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land, Aperture Press, New York (Winner of New York Book Show Prize, First Place Photography, 2002) Accompanied by an Aperture traveling exhibition
2002 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World, Aperture Press, New York 2nd Hardbound Edition & Softcover Editions
2002 In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Abbeville Press, New York 2nd Edition
1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World, Aperture Press, New York (Publication accompanied by a portfolio and travelling exhibition, Winner of National Jewish Book Award 1996)
1987 In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Abbeville Press, New York
1986 The Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem (portfolio)
1984 Sinai, Adam Publishers, Jerusalem
1975 We Are Thy People, Bet-Alpha Press, Berkeley, CA
 
Collections
 
Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Toronto
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ludwig Museum, Cologne
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tel-Aviv Museum
Yale University Museum of Art  
  
 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

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• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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