I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

This collection contains Abraham Menashe’s earliest images—you might say, his first song, whose lyrics he would nurture for a lifetime. The images inaugurate a spiritual commitment to casting light on humanity’s plight and celebrating its promise.

We encounter an autistic boy trapped in silence, a Hare Krishna disciple in a moment of bliss, a runaway teen peering into our eyes, a teacher comforting a despondent child. Each subject, in later years, would be explored on its own—with titles like Inner Grace; The Face of Prayer; Tompkins People; Couples; and The Healing Moment.

Within this fifty black-and-white collection, we find a couple embracing at New York City’s very first Gay Pride Parade, the silhouette of an elderly woman facing uncertainty, a homeless man with arms outstretched like a crucifix, near children at play—images that reach beyond a concern for society’s outcasts, the poor, and the mentally ill, to define a unique genre of photography infused with his personal theology.

It is a theology that points to the generosity of a universe, ready to redeem those willing to be awakened and comfort those thirsting to be consoled.

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01_First-PortfolioFirst Portfolio, by Abraham Menashe, available from iTunes.