Carolyn Drake is a Brown University graduate who worked as a concept designer and producer of multimedia projects in New York before deciding to become a photographer. She studied at the ICP and obtained a masters in Visual Communications. She was chosen by Magenta Foundation as one of the emerging photographers in 2007. Carolyn currently lives in Istanbul. This is the second time I feature her work on TTP...the first was on her work on the Uighurs.
The Chabad-Lubavitch is one of the largest branches of Hasidic Judaism and one of the largest Jewish movements worldwide, especially in the United States, the Former Soviet Union, Europe and Israel. The word "Lubavitch" is the name of the town in Russia where the movement was based for more than a century.
The above photograph of the Lubavitcher holding the Torah appealed to me because of Carolyn's choice of a wide aperture, focusing on the book and hands and blurring the rest. The photto essay was also featured on National Geographic.
The slideshow photo essay is flash-based...just click on each photo to move to the next.