Can you still be Jewish if you know nothing of your religion, culture, language, and cuisine—in short, if you know nothing of your own identity? This is the inquiry led by Patrick Zachmann, he, himself, a “second-generation Jew.”

Over six chapters, "Enquête d'Identité" takes twists and turns like a police investigation: from the display of identity of Orthodox Jews to the historical identity of survivors of the Holocaust, from Jewish organizations to self-defense movements, to portraits of assimilated Jews. On the trail of an elusive reality, the photographer records various kinds of light, movement, and gaze, like an echo of his lost memory, a world close and foreign at the same time. In the end, he discovers the complex sum of all the clues he has amassed in his own family—his own interior image.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 10 4/5" x 8 1/5"
Publisher: Editions Contrejour (Paris, 1987)