Neil H. Folberg Coffinmaker, Macedonia
Medium silver print
Photo Date 1971 Print Date 1971c
Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 in. (241 x 191 mm)
Photo Country Greece
Photographer Country Israel
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About This Image
Signed "Neil Folberg", titled, dated and copyright mark in pencil on back of unmounted photograph. The full title is "The Coffinmaker, Apekera Belkovski, Prilep, Macedonia".
See: Auer, Photographers Encyclopaedia International, n.p. Provenance: Photographer; Joe Folberg (father and former owner of Vision Gallery). Scarce vintage print.
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.
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).
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