Photographs of Pre-State Israel


By Elia Kahvedjian

On exhibit in the Katz Snyder Gallery
May – June 2014

Elia Kahvedjian (1910 – 1999), a refugee of the Armenian genocide, is one of the greatest photographers of Jerusalem at the beginning of the 20th century. His shop, Elia Photo Services, continues to thrive thanks to his son and grandson, who found thousands of negatives that were hidden in 1948. This unearthed treasure depicts the historic features of that time and has helped researchers probe Jerusalem's architectural past.

Elia Kahvedjian's work is on loan from the Kahvedjian family.

Presented in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica and The Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. The JCCSF is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and other generous supporters of the JCCSF.