A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography
A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography

A question of identity: the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, and photographer’s encounter with a community whose roots go back 1,400 years

  • When photographer John Offenbach heard there were Chinese Jews living in Kaifeng, Henan province, he ‘had to visit’ them to shoot portraits for his show JEW
  • His images from around the world explore what it means to identify as Jewish; in Kaifeng he was shown a tablet with the Ten Commandments written in Chinese

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A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography
A visitor to photographer John Offenbach’s exhibition JEW at the Jewish Museum in Camden, north London. The show, which includes portraits of Jews in Kaifeng, central China, explores what it means to identify as Jewish today. Photo: Mark Thomas Photography
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