Todd Jay Weinstein is a photographer whose work spans a wide range of genres from documentary and street photography to abstract and commercial work. Weinstein has been based in New York City since the early 1970s. Weinstein is known for his street photography particularly in New York, and for his abstract images using Jewish folklore to explore universal themes of suffering and redemption.
About Todd Weinstein
His work documenting the resurgence of Jewish life in Germany has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and his series “The 36 Unknown,” a group of abstract images based on a Jewish legend of redemption, as been exhibited around the world to much critical acclaim. This project will be part of the “The Stranger Next Door” exhibition at Museum zonder Muren from 3 till 5 November.
Weinstein’s photographs have been exhibited at such venues as The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit, the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, The New York Public Library, as well as New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, Midtown Y Photography Gallery, Pace/MacGill Gallery, and Yeshiva University Museum. Weinstein’s photos have also been published in numerous high-profile magazines.
About the project
The 36 Unkown is a mystical concept that appears in Kabbalistic folklore. The thirty six hidden ones have the potential to save the world, they appear at times of great peril. If we look, we can see them everywhere in the anonymous acts of good people who rise to great acts in difficult circumstances. Because anyone could be one of the anonymous thirty-six, every person should behave as if he or she might be one of them and treat strangers with kindness and an open mind.
The 36 Unknown has been exhibited around the world to much critical acclaim. In this series, Weinstein uses photography as a tool to develop a transcendent state of mind to new ways of seeing and perceiving the world around us. In his multimedia presentation of The 36 Unknown, Weinstein provides the audience with insights into the concept and development of this work.