Abraham Menashe is a photographer, poet, curator, designer, and lay theologian. He is the author of 14 photography books, and is committed to images that affirm life, provide refuge and offer consolation.
Menashe’s photographs are featured in numerous publications, including Newsweek, Scientific American, The New York Times, and Time-Life Books. His distinct brand of humanistic photography, explores the full range of human emotions from a spiritual perspective—iconic images which are internationally acclaimed for their poetic beauty and compassion. “My life and work are a spiritual pilgrimage. I am awash with blessings, endlessly chasing the sublime.”
Menashe’s books include Inner Grace (Knopf, 1979), whose subject is America’s multi-handicapped population; published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Witkin Gallery, and featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning television; and The Face of Prayer (Knopf, 1980), images made around the world (thanks to a generous grant from Fellowship In Prayer), published in conjunction with a show at the International Center of Photography, New York, also featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, hosted by Charles Kuralt.
Abraham Menashe’s photographs are in the archives of numerous museum collections, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the Jewish Museum, New York, the Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Commissioned work include a permanent installation at the Church Center of the United Nations, New York.
Abraham was born in 1951 in Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Jews in Arab countries were forced out. His family emigrated to the United States in 1961 and he now lives in New York City. In 1974, Abraham first marriage was to Dvorah Friedgood (now Telushkin). The marriage produced one daughter, Rebecca Sarah Menashe (born 1979), before ending in divorce in 1988. Ten years later, in 1998, Abraham married Emily Chaya Weinstein, which ended in divorce in 2002.
Abraham Menashe is a conscientious objector who worked with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on behalf of the peace movement during the Vietnam War. He is a student of Attitudinal Healing—the practice of letting go of fear and letting in non-judgemental attitudes, and Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Compassion. Menashe likes to write in the pre-dawn hours in his balcony, facing Manhattan’s east river. He is an avid aquarist who delights in creating aquatic gardens.