|5683 Miles Away, Photographs by Yael Ben-Zion.|
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011.
Reviewed by George Slade
Yael Ben-Zion 5683 Miles Away
Photographs by Yael Ben-Zion
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011. Hardbound. 88 pp., 55 color illustrations, 9-3/4x9-3/4".
How far away do you have to get to see a thing whole? Depends on how big it is.
The thing, the phenomenon, the state named Israel is big. Very big. When you are as close to it as Yael Ben-Zion has been, you need to get quite a ways away to see it, objectively if not in its entirety.
The distance noted in the title connotes a flight between airports in New York City and Tel Aviv. This is a gap Ben-Zion has crossed numerous times as a resident of the former and a daughter of the latter; as Joanna Lehan notes in her foreword, these trips were "homecomings" for this Minnesota-born, eastward-looking semi-exile.