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Manhattanville Student Photographic Exhibit Explores New Faith
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:36

Laura Dicker '14

Manhattanville College student Laura Dicker ’14 will be opening her photographic exhibition at Temple Shalom in Norwalk, Conn., on Feb. 21.

As a new member of the Jewish community, Dicker’s dedication towards her faith has been a focus in her work at Manhattanville. The documentary style exhibition follows her conversion; the artwork is thematically based on Judaism, studio work involves photographing cut paper and on-location at the Temple.

“Laura’s photographs speak to the passion and dedication she has to her religion and her art form.  Her exploration of light and color as major elements of the images are meaningful.  They act as visual testimonials that illuminate her path and help explain to others a strong feeling of belonging to a community,” Jim Frank, photographer and professor of Studio Art, at Manhattanville said.

“Laura has a passion for Judaism and a love for Jewish learning and community. Her beautiful photographs reflect the spiritual home she has found within Judaism and our community, illuminating the beauty of our Temple's sanctuary, communal spaces, and ritual objects so that others may appreciate their meaning through sensitive and fresh eyes. We look forward to sharing her work with our community," said Cantor Shirah Sklar, of Temple Shalom.

Dicker is a communications major and studio art minor. She also serves as Editor-In-Chief of the school’s newspaper, Touchstone, and has studied photography in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The exhibition will be available for viewing February 21, 2014 in the temple gallery.  Temple Shalom is a reform Jewish synagogue and is located at 259 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT., 06850. 

A photo by Laura Dicker '14.The Torah scroll, read with a Yad, which is pointing to the word Moses. This image has been inverted, symbolizing a negative which highlights the Hebrew writing. By Laura Dicker '14.

A photo by Laura Dicker '14The Torah is central to Judaism, I read the weekly portions and go to Torah study to discuss further once a week. I have put emphasize on the blue stones on the bookmark to add color and a point of interest. By Laura Dicker '14.

A photo by Laura DickerInside the sanctuary. Music is an important role in our Temple, the guitar, stain glass window and shadows show the beauty of our worship place. By Laura Dicker '14.