The role of Jews in photography is a sensitive subject. It's hard to form any theories without being accused of either ethnic chauvinism or bigotry. Nevertheless it seems clear that the front ranks in photographic history, especially in street photography, are disproportionately Jewish. But why?
The critic Max Kozloff has explored the issue in several of his essays. Richard Woodward counters some of Kozloff's arguments in the 2002 NYT article below. Other than these two sources, this is a topic that doesn't get discussed much. Well, now's the chance. I welcome constructive comments, criticism, and reactions.