Abraham Menashe is a professional freelance photographer, poet, designer and lay theologian who is passionate about light. He is the author of 14 photography books, and has a long-time commitment to images that affirm life, provide refuge and offer healing.
Menashe’s photographs have graced the pages of numerous publications, including Newsweek, Scientific American, The New York Times, and Time-Life Books. Menashe’s distinct humanistic photography is internationally acclaimed for its poetic beauty and compassion.
Born in Egypt in 1951, Abraham now lives in New York City. Menashe’s books include Inner Grace (Knopf, 1979), about America’s multi-handicapped population, published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Witkin Gallery, and featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning television, hosted by Charles Kuralt; and The Face of Prayer (Knopf, 1980), images made around the world, published in conjunction with a show at the International Center of Photography, New York, also featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning.
Abraham Menashe’s photographs are in numerous museum collections, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the Jewish Museum, New York, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Commissioned work includes a permanent installation at the Church Center of the United Nations, New York.
Menashe is a conscientious objector who worked with the Quakers on behalf of the peace movement during the Vietnam War. He is a student of Attitudinal Healing—the practice of letting go of fear and letting in non-judgemental attitudes. Abraham is also an avid aquarist who cultivates aquatic gardens. He is moved by random acts of kindness, and is in rapture upon discovering artists and poets who affirm life.