Helmar Lerski. Pioneer of the light


To celebrate its 20th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, the museum of Jewish art and history (musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme, also known as mahJ) presents an installation dedicated to Helmar Lerski (1871-1956).

Lerki was born Israel Schmuklerski in Strasbourg, in 1871, from Polish Jewish parents. At the age of 22, Lerski emigrated to the United States where he started a career of actor before becoming one of the pioneers of photographer. 

The exhibition shows 200 artworks. It follows the recent acquisition of 435 prints and negatives by the mahJ museum. It's a great opportunity to discover this great photographer, of the 20th century, unknown by the general public, but very much appreciated by the experts.  

Lerski who was an autodidact, amongst the first photographers to play with light. When talking about this artist, Paul Salmona, director at the mahJ, says that Lerski "sculpts" the Light. And that's really struck me all along the exhibition.

My personal note: this museum is really interesting and the building is absolutely beautiful. I warmly recommend the visit. 
A guided tour in English for everyone is organized every Sunday in May, June, July and till mid-August 2018 at 3 pm by an English speaking guide.

Until August 26th, 2018
71, rue du Temple - 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 6pm (late opening on Wednesday, until 9pm) 
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 7pm


Children of the Givat Brenner Kibbutz
Nahalal Kibbutz
Pionnier, Guivat-Haïm vers 1940
© mahJ © Succession Helmar Lerski, Museum Folkwang

Palestine, vers 1935-1945 © mahJ © Succession Helmar Lerski,
Museum Folkwang