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Q: photographer S. Narinsky ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: photographer S. Narinsky
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: rachelshelly-ga
List Price: $10.50
Posted: 19 Nov 2002 15:26 PST
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Question ID: 110899
I need information on life of S. Narinsky, the photographer who made
some incredible pictures of Israel in 1920's
Subject: Re: photographer S. Narinsky
Answered By: playhosea-ga on 19 Nov 2002 17:19 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi. I've conducted a thorough search. While there isn't a whole lot of
information available, here are some interesting notes i found about
Sonja Narinsky.

One source informs me that Sonja's husband may have gone by the last
name of Noroni, at times, instead of Narinsky. Sonja may have done the
same, but as far as her photography, she seems to be known exclusively
as Narinsky. In some cases however, her last name is spelled with an
'i' at the end, "Narinski".

It seems the Sonja became involved in photography largely to help her
family financially. From

"Sonja Narinsky and her husband Shlomo, Kibbutz Degania members
holding Russian passports, were expelled in 1916 from Ottoman
Palestine. Sonja supported her husband in Cairo with photography for
four years. Sonja had access (as a woman) to the harems of the
Egyptian elite, for veil-free likenesses. Hers were the first such
portraits in the history of Egypt’s wives and families."

She took many of her famous photos while in Jerusalem in 1921. These
photos were published by the Jamal Bros. in that same year, in a
publication entitled "Jerusalem". Ms. Narinsky knew both Hebrew and
Arabic and titled her photos in both languages. Her Jerusalem
collection includes at least 44 photos. An index describing some of
them can be found here: 

Evidence suggests Sonja Narinsky may have been affiliated with the
Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. Two rare photos, taken in the
1920's, are now kept in a section devoted to the Bezalel School in The
Judaica Museum at The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. More
information about this museum is located here:

A book entitled "From Then to Eternity" features some of Narinsky's
photos and may have more information on her life. The site has more
information about the book if you care to order:

Here's a link to another photo by S. Narinksky that you may not have
seen yet:

Sonja's husband, Shlomo was an artist who worked in the medium of
You can view some of his work here:[OID[66BFBB99EBAF6248BEF7C80A5E0192E1]]&cursor=3&mode=2

Search Strategy: "Narinksky Photography" "Sonja Narinsky" "Sonja
Noroni" "S. Narinksky" "Narinsky Photo" "Narinsky Israel" "S.

Hope this helps!

rachelshelly-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Thank you so much for your help!!!

Subject: Re: photographer S. Narinsky
From: leseldelamer-ga on 03 Sep 2004 09:52 PDT
Jamal bros (JÚrusalem)has edited 117 photos by NARINSKY in 1921 : 70
of them have been selected and reproduced in photogravure in a book
published by Taschen (Germany): The Holy Land, 1910 - 1921

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