Zalmy Berkowitz


Zalmy Berkowitz is adept at capturing intergenerational moments and layering multiple stories within a frame. “Being an Orthodox Jew—I’m actually an ordained Rabbi, too—I can’t shoot on Saturdays, so much of the wedding world is off limits,” says Berkowitz, who shoots mostly Hasidic Jewish weddings. “I don’t shoot much in pretty venues or on mountaintops, and I’ve never even seen a mason jar at a wedding. I’ve been forced to rely on the beauty and bustle of the people and the ceremony itself to create meaningful and interesting work. I want the photos I make to look good now, in a decade and in a century,” he sums up.