Jewish Museum - London

Elsbeth Juda

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1 March 2018 - 1 July 2018

Past exhibition

Elsbeth Juda: Grit and Glamour

1 March - 1 July 2018

Revealing the work of one of Britain’s most remarkable photographers.


A retrospective of the late photographer Elsbeth Juda, a Jewish émigré who brought a new modernist artistic vision to Britain from Germany. Although a trailblazing female photographer, Juda's artistic contribution is largely unrecognised today. She disregarded fashion photography’s formal conventions, using unusual, often incongruous backdrops for her shoots.

Known professionally as ‘Jay’, she worked as a commercial photographer for magazines and advertising agencies in a career spanning over 45 years. This exhibition showcases a selection of her output for The Ambassador magazine, featuring glamorous commercial shots and portraits of some of the best know faces in British art and design. Subjects range from Britain’s first supermodel and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet to the likes of Winston Churchill and Henry Moore.

Past exhibition

Related Events

Elsbeth Juda: Her Life and Work

Wednesday 6 June. 3-4pm

In this enlightening talk, Michael Mohammed, Director of L'Equipment des Arts, will be exploring the life of Elsbeth Juda through her most famous and striking images.

Past exhibition

Curator's Talks:

12 March, 9 April, 14 May and 11 June. 2-2.30pm

Her work encompassed industry and famous architects, glossy magazines to iconic models. Uncover the stories and wonder behind these glorious photographs and the life of Elsbeth Juda on these Curator leads talks.

Past exhibition

Exhibition organised in collaboration with L’Equipement des Arts.

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