Yeshiva University Nixes Edgy Photography Project

This post first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

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Yeshiva University is reportedly not interested in having its students wear their hearts on their sleeves—or faces, for that matter.

According to an article written by Debra Nussbaum Cohen for Haaretz, YU administrators put the kibosh on plans by YU and Stern College students to bring Sacramento,California-based photographic artist Steve Rosenfield to campus for his “What I Be” Project. Rosenfield, 38, has visited half a dozen other universities for the project, in which he photographs young adults after they have written a word or phrase expressing their greatest vulnerability on either their face, arm or hand (in some cases, all three).

Rosenfield’s portrait of Ben Faulding, a 30-year-old member of Crown Heights, Brooklyn’s Chabad community, has recently been shared widely on social media. Faulding, who has a black father and white mother, chose to have “SHVARTZE” (Yiddish for black, and used in a derogatory way) written on his forehead. He wrote a post about the experience and gave it the title, “I Hate This Word And So I Let A Man Write It On My Face.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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