Gedalya Gottdenger is just a Jew with a camera.
Hailing from Hasidic Williamsburg, Gedalya’s compelling photographs provide a window into the everyday lives of people living in Brooklyn’s strictest ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. From children playing, to men protesting, to baking matzah for Passover, he documents the intimate activities and moments that shape the lives of Hasidic Jews.
Clashes between the residents of Hasidic (South) Williamsburg and the migrant hipsters who continue to move into North Williamsburg have aroused cultural curiosities in this densely packed district on Brooklyn’s north side. Gedalya provides the inquisitive viewer with a poignant and beautiful portrait of the ordinary Jewish men, women, and children of Williamsburg.