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Friday, February 4, 2011

Through His Father's Eyes - Elia Photo, Jerusalem's Old City

A visit to Elia Photo on El Khanka Street is a must for anyone visiting Jerusalem.

Kevork Kahvedjian was raised in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City and inherited his father’s photography business. His father fled Armenia and was raised in an orphanage in Nazareth. After discovering a trove of his father’s negatives in an attic, he published “Through My Father’s Eyes” a unique collection of photographs showing everyday life in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land as captured by his father’s camera since 1924. Recently, the photographs were used to guide the restoration of the historic Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, which was destroyed by the Jordanians. 

(Many thanks to my friend Aliza Orent of the JCC Austin, Texas for the photo)

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