Neil Folberg

Neil Folberg

  • Artist’s Statement

    "Come look, and I will show you where heaven and earth kiss..."
    -from Bava Batra

  • Biography

    Neil Folberg is a native of San Francisco, born in 1950. At the age of 16 he began his studies in photography with Ansel Adams. As a student at the University of California, Berkeley he also studied with photographer William Garnett. He received a special grant from the university to pursue a photographic field study in Yugoslav Macedonia for his undergraduate degree. In 1975 he was married and together with his wife moved to Israel in 1976. Around that time, he began to make a series of photographs in the vast Sinai wilderness, later expanding this project to deserts of Israel, Egypt and Jordan. The images show the spiritual landscape heritage common to the countries of the Middle East. This resulted in his first book, “In a Desert Land” which was published by Abbeville Press, NY in 1985. In 1992 he was commissioned by the Aperture Foundation in New York for a four-year book project to photograph historic synagogues of the world. He researched the subject and wrote one of the texts that accompanies the book made from these images, “And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World.” Aperture produced the book which was published in 1997 along with a portfolio of twelve prints. Aperture also traveled the exhibition worldwide. Folberg then returned to landscape and B&W with his series “Celestial Nights”, published in 2001 by Aperture Press, NY, along with a portfolio of prints. “Celestial Nights” depicts a delicately constructed order where earthly elements and the heavens mirror each other in an awesome spectacle of the sky. This exhibition also traveled worldwide under the auspices of Aperture. From 2002 until 2005 he worked on a project in France that resulted in the publication by Abbeville Press, NY titled “Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists.” The work was exhibited at several galleries and at Paris Photo. Abbeville Press published his book “Serpent’s Chronicle” in 2013. His most recent publication is “Taking Measure” (2017) a large-format limited edition book that was self-published. His forthcoming book, "A Mirror in Macedonia" from Lecturis Editions in the Netherlands is scheduled to be released in early 2021. He resides in Israel in a small village in the Upper Galilee and runs Vision Neil Folberg Gallery in Jerusalem. His work is found in major museum collections.

  • Awards

    MAJOR COLLECTIONS & PUBLICATIONS
    Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Toronto
    Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
    Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
    George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Ludwig Museum, Cologne
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
    Museum of Art, St. Louis, Mo.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
    Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Michael Hoffman Collection
    Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Jose Museum of Art
    Smart Museum of Art, Chicago
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
    Tel-Aviv Museum
    Yale University Museum of Art
    MAJOR PUBLICATIONS
    2021 A Mirror in Macedonia, Lecturis Editions, Netherlands
    2018 TAKING MEASURE, limited edition artist’s book
    2013 Serpent's Chronicle
    Abbeville Press, New York
    2007 Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists
    With Lin Arison, Abbeville Press, New York
    Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land
    Abbeville Press, New York (newly published under Abbeville label)
    2002 Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
    Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land
    Aperture Press, New York
    WINNER OF NEW YORK BOOK SHOW PRIZE, FIRST PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY, 2002
    Accompanied by an Aperture traveling exhibition
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World
    Aperture Press, New York 2nd Hardbound Edition & Softcover Editions
    In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan
    Abbeville Press, New York 2nd Edition
    1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World
    Aperture Press, New York
    Publication accompanied by a portfolio and travelling exhibition
    WINNER OF NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 1996
    1987 In a Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan Abbeville Press, New York
    1986 The Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem (portfolio)
    1984 Sinai, Adam Publishers, Jerusalem
    1975 We Are Thy People, Bet-Alpha Press, Berkeley, Ca.


  • Exhibitions

    Neil Folberg CV
    Expositions/Exhibitions (*Solo/+scheduled)

    2021 Photo London, London+
    2020 Awaken After A Long Dream, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto+
    Contact, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto
    2019 Traversing East, Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Group 10 Photographers, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto
    2018 Abstractions, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco
    Taking Measure, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach*
    2017 Taking Measure, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York* 2015 Celestial Nights*, The Dryansky Gallery, San Francisco
    2013 Serpent's Chronicle*
    Reuven Rubin Museum, Tel-Aviv
    2012 Topography/Time/Israel,
    Flomenhaft Gallery, New York*
    At Night, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach
    2011 Arcadia Revisited, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach
    Celestial Nights. Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY*
    2010 Serpent's Chronicle, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York*
    Paysage 2, Galerie Jean Greset, Besançon, France
    2009 Through a Painter's Lens: Paintings influence on Contemporary Photography
    Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach
    Cosmos, Galerie Jean Greset, Besançon, France
    2008 First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    Yeshiva University Museum, New York
    2007 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    Hammond Art Gallery, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
    Women Painters, Painted Women: A group exhibition Vietnam/Israel
    National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi
    Traversing the Cosmos: Photographs by Folberg, NASA, Malin and Subaru Telescope (including Celestial Nights, the Aperture traveling exhibition)
    Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
    Contemporary Israeli Photography at the Ordover Gallery at the
    San Diego Museum of Natural History in conjunction with
    Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition
    Neil Folberg,Odyssey*
    Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    Miller Jewish Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX

    2006 The Impressionists' Salon*
    Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
    Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
    Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg
    St.Petersburg, Florida
    Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
    Fort Wayne Museum of Art
    Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50
    Dayton Art Institute
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    Gershman Y Galleries, The Borowsky and Open Lens Galleries
    Philadelphia, PA

    2005 Galerie Zéro l'infini, Kunst 05, Zurich
    Manet, Morisot and Friends*
    Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
    Celestial Nights*
    Pikto Gallery, Toronto
    Camera Sacra
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem

    2004 Paris Photo, Galerie Zéro l’infini*
    Prochaine Station Cosmos, Hotel de Sponeck, L'Allan scéne nationale par le19, centre régional d'art contemporain
    Montbéliard, France
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At The Skirball Museum, Los Angeles
    Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism
    George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

    2003 Michael Hoffman Memorial Exhibition,
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    Neil Folberg selected works, Ra’anana Municipal Art Gallery, Israel*

    2002 Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition *
    At the Groningen Nature Museum
    in co-operation with Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen, Holland
    Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50, New York
    New Work, New Directions, LA County Museum of Art
    Celestial Nights Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, N.Y.*
    Celestial Nights: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At La Galerie Photographies du Montpellier, France
    Celestial Nights Klotz/Sirmon Gallery, New York*

    2001 Celestial Nights Vision Gallery, Jerusalem*

    2000 The Best of Aperture, Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
    The Holy Land Revealed, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    100 Years of Photography in Eretz Israel. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
    Celestial Nights , Galerie Mistral, Montreal*
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Galerie Fiolet, Winterswijk, Holland
    Celestial Nights , Fine Gallery, Atlanta JCC, Atlanta*
    Celestial Nights , Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco*
    Celestial Nights , Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago*
    1999 Celestial Nights , Alan Klotz/Photocollect Gallery, New York*
    1998 Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco*
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Spertus Museum, Chicago
    1997 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver
    1996 Ansel Adams Gallery, Pebble Beach, Ca.*
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Jewish Museum, Camden, London
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Municipal Archives, Krefeld, Germany
    1995 And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Vision Gallery, San Francisco*
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.*
    And I Shall Dwell Among Them: An Aperture Traveling Exhibition*
    At De Beyerd Museum of Contemporary Art, Breda, Netherlands
    1992 Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai, Kiryat Shemona, Israel*
    University Art Gallery, University of the Negev, Beersheva*
    Northlight Gallery, Arizona State Univ., Tempe*
    Silver Light Gallery, Seattle, WA.*
    1991 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, Mo.*
    1990 Musée Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France*
    1989 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    1988 Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas*
    1987 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    Ledel Gallery, New York*
    1986 University of the Pacific, Ca. (with Brett Weston)
    Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
    1985 George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.*
    California State University, Hayward, Ca.*
    The Photography Gallery, La Jolla, Ca.*
    Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    1984 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, Ca.*
    Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    1983 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
    Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.*
    1982 Here and Now, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
    Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, Ca.*
    Galerie Fiolet, Amsterdam*
    1981 Hillel Gallery, Jerusalem*
    Photo Gallery International, Tokyo*
    1980 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.*
    Camera Obscura Gallery, Stockholm*
    Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C.*
    1979 Fresno Art Center, Fresno, Ca.*
    American Cultural Centers, Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv*
    Punkt Gallery, Copenhagen*
    1976 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*
    1974 American Cultural Center, Skopje, Yugoslavia*
    The Lowie Museum, Berkeley, Ca.*
    1973 The Studio Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.*
    1972 Martin Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.*

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  • Neil Folberg

    Sands of Mars #3, 2020
    35 x 58 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper
  • Neil Folberg

    Sands of Mars #1, 2020
    44 x 58 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper
  • Neil Folberg

    Sands of Mars #2, 2020
    30 x 36 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #30, 2020
    111.8 x 147.3 cm archival pigment print on bamboo paper
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #29, 2020
    111.8 x 147.3 cm Photographs, Prints and multiples, Archival pigment print on Bamboo paper
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #26, 2020
    Framed: 30 x 36 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper $4,800.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #25, 2020
    Framed: 30 x 36 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper $4,800.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #24, 2020
    Framed: 30 x 36 ″ archival pigment print on baryta paper $4,800.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #23, 2020
    Framed: 45 x 59 ″ archiva pigment print on baryta paper $9,500.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #21, 2019
    Framed: 45 x 59 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper $9,500.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White Winds #22, 2019
    Framed: 45 x 59 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper $9,500.00
  • Neil Folberg

    White winds #17, 2018
    9 x 12 ″ archival pigment print on bamboo paper $1,800.00