Paul Margolis Photography

 

Bio

Paul with cameraPaul Margolis first picked up a camera at the age of 9. He is a largely self-taught documentary and fine art photographer whose subjects include people living on the margins of society, vanishing Americana, historic architecture, and the vibrancy of life on New York City’s streets. A unique quality of Paul’s work is his ability to capture, preserve and convey the sense of vanishing worlds. He often combines images with text, both his own and in collaboration with writers and historians. While he has adapted to digital photography, he still works extensively with black and white film, which he processes and prints himself.

Paul Margolis, age 9

Paul, age 9

His projects have included documenting the small Jewish communities of Cuba and Ireland, as well as Jewish poverty in New York City. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he recorded the effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center on New York. More recently, he has been photographing small-venue performers in New York and old-time trades and crafts that still flourish in the city. He also did the photography for an updated historical guidebook to the Lower East Side and Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan, which was published by Columbia University Press in 2009. His work has been exhibited and published, and is in museums, historical archives and private collections.

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. He has an M.A. degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.A. in History from Bard College. Paul Margolis lives in New York City and works for the City of New York as a photographer and researcher.

Exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions

2014

Hidden Ellis Island, Living Room Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY

2011

Hidden Ellis Island, Steamship Lilac Gallery, New York, NY

2006

Hidden Ellis Island, JCC of Stamford, Stamford, CT

2006

Woven Together: The Califon Basket Factory, Califon Historical Society, Califon, NJ

2004

Hidden Ellis Island, Grace Institute Gallery, New York City

2002

The Jews of Cuba, DC37 Gallery, New York City

1997

The Jews of Cuba, B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum, Washington, D.C.

1996

The Jews of Cuba, Pro-Jex Gallery, Austin, TX

1993

Jewish and Poor In New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City

1988

Shad Fishing on the Hudson, Hudson River Maritime Center, Kingston, N.Y.

1987

Shad Fishing on the Hudson, South Street Seaport Museum, New York City

1986

Shad Fishing on the Hudson, East Hampton Town Marine Museum, Amagansett, N.Y.

Group Exhibitions

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

2002

I Love Manhattan, Manhattan Arts International, New York City

2002

Here Is New York, New York City

Collections

American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY
Beit Hatfutsot, The Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Book Illustration

The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited, Author: Joyce Mendelsohn, Columbia University Press, 2009

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