Born in Israel to Immigrants from Yemen and currently living in New York City, Zion Ozeri is one of the world’s leading photographers exploring the Jewish experience. Raised in Israel during a period of mass immigration, he interacted with many diverse cultures. This unique background gives him a cross-culture perspective that suffuses his work.
He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute, both in New York City. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Jerusalem Report, Moment, the Middle East Insight, The Economist, and many other publications.
His work has been exhibited in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Beit Hatfutsot Museum in Tel Aviv, The Spertus museum in Chicago, The museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Skriball Museum in Los Angeles and many other museums & galleries.
Ozeri published a few books including The Jewish World Family Haggadah, (Simon & Schuster, 2005), and a coffee table book, The Jews of Yemen, The Last Generation, (Keter, Jerusalem, 2005).
Ozeri won a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism in 2004 and is the recipient of the Covenant award for 2013.
His curriculum & project, The Jewish Lens, is currently in schools in North America and Israel.
Recently, Ozeri launched the “DiverCity Lens” curriculum and program for public schools, with NYC Dept. of Education.
Zion Ozeri Portrait; by Michael Priest