Making a Home in Poland: Photographic Education and Practices in the Landkentnish Movement




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This article studies the photographic methods that the Poland based Landkentnish (Yiddish for “knowing the land”) movement employed in the interwar period to promote Jewish culture and Poland as a home for the Jewish people. The movement wished to increase the exposure of Polish Jews to Poland’s diverse landscapes in order to strengthen their connection to the Polish land. It also aspired to create archives of local Jewish cultural heritage to attest to the long history of Polish Jewry and to the contributions that Jews had made to Polish society. After tracing the movement’s origins, this article explores the concentrated efforts that it made to provide its members with photographic knowledge and education. Analyzing the photographic sources and resources that the movement created, the exhibitions that it put on display, and its employment of snapshots, the article demonstrates how photography assisted the movement in realizing its key aims and objectives.


A similar version of this article appeared in Polish: Gil Pasternak and Marta Ziętkiewicz, “Mieć w Polsce ojczyznę. Fotografia w działalności żydowskiego ruchu krajoznawczego (1923–1939),” in Odkrywanie “peryferii”: Historie fotografii w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej, ed. Marta Ziętkiewicz and Małgorzata Biernacka (Warsaw: Liber pro Arte, 2017), 103–134. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.


amateur photography, cultural heritage, ethnographic photography, Jews and photography, photographic education, photography and nationalism, sightseeing, tourism


Pasternak, G. and Ziętkiewicz, M (2019) Making a Home in Poland: Photographic Education and Practices in the Landkentnish Movement. IMAGES: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, 12 (1), pp. 151-179


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Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Institute of Art and Design