While on a sabbatical leave from teaching, Gloria Golden studied photography with Jules Allen at Queensborough Community College. Her studies continued at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan. She also took courses at the Woodstock, Maine, and Santa Fe workshops.
Black and white photography is especially appealing to Gloria; it is more soulful and creates a particular mood. Although her photographs can include practically any subject matter, her greatest joy is in photographing people. Gloria's goal is to discover what people are all about, through the lens of her camera.
Her images were recently included in Who's Who in Visual Art, edited by Ulrich Goette Himmelblau of Germany. This volume of 75 Fine Art Photographers introduces a selection of international fine art photographers. The images are supplemented by information about camera and lens used, basic settings such as focal length, aperture, exposure time and film speed. All biographical information is based on information provided by the photographer, and images are reprinted with permission of the artist.
Gloria recently published Desaturated Soul, a book containing ninety-six photographs, accompanied by prose. Many of the images have been accepted by juried shows. However, the three photographs mentioned below are especially important to her:
A Moment in Time was reviewed in the New York Times. It was awarded first-place recognition in the 20th Annual Juried Photography Competition of the Smithtown Township Arts Council.
High-Spirited has recently been selected as part of Childhood: An International Photo Exhibition. The juror for this show was Jamie Lee Curtis, and the exhibit will travel for one year with the Texas Photographic Society.
Mint Tea is part of Women In Photography International's traveling exhibit, Teatime, in memory of Linda McCartney.
As a photographer, Gloria Golden's imagery is a great amalgam of intimacy, wisdom, composition and cleverness. Her skillful photos hail from the many treks she and her husband have made around the globe.
In Photography: An Intimate Approach the reader is presented with a nourishing feast of photographs ranging from happiness to grief, exhilaration to angst and every emotion in-between as she provides a photographic journal of her journeys.
The book contains over sixty revealing images from her travels throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. A variety of subjects are included: awe-inspiring landscapes, candid portraits and architectural masterpieces. The book is a wonderful presentation of Gloria's images that will grasp your attention and leave you thinking about humanity.
Brooklyn Revisited: My Journey Back
Brooklyn Revisited contains black and white photographs, accompanied by prose. The images are significant because they portray streets and neighborhoods she walked as a child. Although places are blurred by time, revisiting her early life here has allowed her to rediscover Brooklyn… and find that everything is new again. Publisher: Outskirts Press.
I lived in Brooklyn for the last 30 years, home of many immigrants… real melting pot of different cultures and many languages. This book transferred me back in time, the sense of things lost long time ago and still present today. I had similar feelings reading Jack Finney's book, "Time and Again" something nostalgic and very gentle. The photography is in black and white, and it is the heart and soul of this book. It's more than a documentary, creating feelings of time long gone, but never forgotten… just one more step and you are back in the past, just one more step…
Learn more about Gloria and her photography on her Facebook page.
Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans
Hidden deep in the heart of the American Southwest among the larger Hispanic population are descendants of the Sephardim, Jews from Spain and Portugal. Five hundred years after their expulsion from Spain remnants of Judaism are still practiced within Southwestern Hispanic communities. Often unaware of their origins, conversos have revealed, through oral history, how the ancestral faith of the Crypto-Jews has been passed on from generation to generation.
The book contains sixty oral histories accompanied by photographs. All research was accomplished in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Publisher: Floricanto Press-2005.
Recommended by a friend. Tracing my family history. This book explained many traditions in my family I didn't understand. Now I feel more connected to my past.
Buy the book! Remnants of Crypto Jews by Mrs. Golden has many personal stories of people of the SW, who are finding out about their Jewish heritage and why they do certain things, which are indeed old customs- Jewish ones. Excellent book by a wonderful author, I personally know and trust.
We enjoyed the exhibit. I brought my children. I wanted them to know more about our heritage. I'm Mexican, from Northern Mexico, the Monterrey area. My mother always told us wet were "de descendencia Judia." We were all raised Catholic. My children are Jews. Your exhibit was a nice connection. I would love to learn more.
Excellent—and beautifully presented. We came down from Marin County to see this important exhibit.
Gloria exhibits and gives slide presentations based on this book. There will be an upcoming slide presentation at the Gomez Mill House, August 5, 2012. Luis Gomez, a Sephardic Jew, a merchant and trader, was the first owner of this house.
Express your feelings and stories about your heritage from Spain and Portugal on Gloria's Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans Facebook page.
In this collection, Golden relies on soulful black and white photography to evoke the viewer's emotions, and introduce thought-provoking ideas, allowing the viewer to form a greater understanding of his or her own feelings. She combines these arresting pictures with text to enhance the specific mood that she has captured. From portraits, landscapes, and the surreal, viewers will be able to observe the uniqueness and special beauty in each image. Publisher: Xlibris-2009.
Visit Gloria's Desaturated Soul Facebook page for more information.