Visual anthropologist Penny Wolin for the last 25 years has combined photographic portraiture with oral interviews to research Jewish civilization in America. She is the creator of visual and verbal studies of people and their relationship to place, including "Guest Register," a 1975 body of work that documented each occupant of the St. Francis Hotel in Hollywood; the 1978 "Jackalopes, Cowboys, and Coalmines: A Photographic Survey of Wyoming"; and the 2000 book, "The Jews of Wyoming: Fringe of the Diaspora." Wolin will be present at George Eastman Museum (900 East Avenue) on Thursday, May 12, to discuss her new book, "Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry." The book is the product of eight years of traveling throughout America, and photographing and interviewing more than 70 of the most important American photographers, including Annie Leibovitz, Joel Meyerowitz, and Ryszard Horowitz.
The audiovisual lecture, consisting of excerpts from her interviews and full-screen photographs of the photographers and their ancestors, will take place in the Dryden Theatre at 6 p.m. A book signing will follow. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students with ID, and free for members of the George Eastman Museum. For more information, call 271-3361, or visit eastman.org.