George S. Rosenthal, Daniel J. Ransohoff and Ben Rosen: Documenting Cincinnati’s Neighborhoods

George S. Rosenthal, Daniel J. Ransohoff and Ben Rosen: Documenting Cincinnati’s Neighborhoods

On View: October 22—December 21, 2014

A FOTOFOCUS exhibition presented by the Cincinnati Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center

Left to right (details):
D. Ransohoff, Untitled, Cincinnati Museum Center; B. Rosen, Cincinnati Flood, 1937, American Jewish Archives; G. Rosenthal, Mound St. Temple of K. K. Bene Israel, 8th and Mound St., 1869–1906, 1958, Cincinnati Museum Center.

In celebration of FOTOFOCUS, the works of three important Cincinnati photographers are being featured at the Skirball Museum and the American Jewish Archives on the historic campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1957 George S. Rosenthal (1922–1967) was commissioned by the Cincinnati Historical Society to document the architectural history of the West End before major disruption of the neighborhood occurred with the construction of Interstate 75. Over a 30-year period Daniel J. Ransohoff (1921–1993) created a remarkable photographic record of Cincinnati’s disadvantaged in neighborhoods across the city, including the West End. As a photographer for The Catholic Telegraph and The American Israelite, Ben Rosen (1913-2008) captured unique snapshots of life in the Queen City during rapidly changing times, including the visit of Charles Lindbergh to Lunken Airport in 1927 and chilling photos of the devastation of the 1937 flood. The exhibition of photographs will be augmented by documents and memorabilia provided by the families of the photographers. In conjunction with the Skirball and American Jewish Archives exhibitions, the Klau Library will display a selection of books by and about Jewish photographers. All venues are located at 3101 Clifton Avenue.

The Rosenthal and Ransohoff photographs are in the collection of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives at Cincinnati Museum Center. The Rosen photographs are in the collection of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. 


Wednesday, November 12, 7 pm, Mayerson Hall
The West End: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Local historians scholars, and consultants discuss an historic neighborhood.
Moderator: Dan Hurley (host of Newsmakers on Channel 12, local historian, director, Leadership Cincinnati at Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce)

Terry Grundy (Director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, adjunct associate professor at UC; colleague and personal friend of Dan Ransohoff)
Carl Westmoreland (has served as senior historian with NURFC; advocate of the West End)
Dr. Gary Zola (executive director of the American Jewish Archives; will discuss early Jewish history of West End; AJA holds the Ben Rosen photographs)
John W. Harshaw, Sr. (author of Cincinnati’s West End, published in 2009)
Scott Gampfer (Director, History Collections and Preservation, Cincinnati Museum Center; CMC holds the Ransohoff and Rosenthal photographs)

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