Photo Tanya Chernova

Photo Tanya Chernova

Loli Kantor is an Israeli/American fine art and a documentary photographer whose work centers in personal, community and cultural memory. In 2004 Kantor began exploring the subject of Jewish presence and absence in eastern Europe, both from a personal as well as a universal perspective, focusing mainly on Jewish life in Poland and Ukraine. Conceived as a short-term project, the work has evolved into nearly a decade of a photographic exploration.

Kantor's additional photographic essays trace the creative processes of the performing and visual arts. These include a long-term photographic work (1999-2005) on the Hip Pocket Theatrea theater rooted in the heart of Texas, based in Fort Worth, and numerous performing arts organizations such as the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Bruce Wood Dance Company ( known now as the Bruce Wood Dance Project), the Dallas Theater Center and many more.  

Kantor’s photography has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work has garnered numerous awards and are included in museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Lviv National Museum in Ukraine; Drohobych Palace of Art in Ukraine; Lishui Museum of Photography, China; The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, as well as numerous institutions and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Kantor was Born in Paris, France, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel.  She immigrated to the United States in 1984 and has since lived in Fort Worth, Texas

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2018   Koslowe Gallery, Westchester Jewish Center, Westchester, NY
2017   Yiddish Book Center Museum, Amherst, MA
            Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
2016   Temple Beth El, Fort Worth, TX
            Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2015   Tarnów Cultural Center, Poland
            MK Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
            Stephen Clark Gallery, Austin, TX
2014   Texas Christian University, Moudy Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
            Stage West Theater, Fort Worth, TX
2013   NN Gallery, Lublin, Poland
2012   Bass Arts Center, Austin, TX
           Gallery 111, Fort Worth, TX
           Bruno Schultz Festival, Great Choral Synagogue, Drohobych, Ukraine
2011   B. Hollyman Gallery, Austin TX
           Chernihiv Photo Festival, Chernihiv, Ukraine
           PhotoNOLA, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010   FotoFest, Robert I. Kahn Gallery, Temple Emanu El, Houston, TX
           Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China
2009   L. Nowlin Gallery, Austin, TX
           Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
           Dutch Kills Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2008   Lviv National Museum, Lviv, Ukraine


2017    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA “ From Generation to generation”
2016    Photobook Exhibition, Intl. Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
            The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
2015    Alternative Process, Juried by Amy Holmes-George Photoplace Gallery, Vermont
              Print Room Gallery, Portraits, Cleveland, OH
2014    Goodrich Gallery, Alt 8 Group Exhibition, Dallas, TX
2013    William Campbell Contemporary Art, curated by Christopher Blay, Fort Worth, TX
2012    The University of Texas at Arlington, Fort Worth, TX
            Gallery 111, Fort Worth, TX
            Sun and Moon Gallery, Group Alt 8, Dallas, TX
2011    The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, juried by David Bram, Fraction      
           Photo Alchemy, juried by Laura Moya, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
           Across the Divide: Critical Mass TOP 50 2010, juried by Todd Hido, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA
2010   Texas Photographic Society International Competition: juried by Katherine Ware, A Smith Gallery
           Johnson City, TX ( Honorable Mention)
           Soho Photo’s Alternative Process Competition, juried by France Scully Osterman and Mar Osterman,
           Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
           The Art of Photography Show, juried by Natasha Egan, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA
           28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition,  Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, juried
           by Hannah Frieser.
2009   Dutch Kills Gallery, Long Island City, NY
          The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Annual Contest Exhibition, Madrid, Spain
           (Honorable Mention for Portraits)           
           The Art of Photography Show, juried by Charlotte Cotton, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA
           RayKo Photo Center Gallery, juried by Ann Jastrab, San Francisco, CA
           Mind’s Eye, juried by Christopher Rauschenberg, The Center for Fine Art Photography,
           Fort Collins, CO
2008   26th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, juried by Dr. Alison Nordstrom,
           Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
           Lublin Cultural Center, Lublin, Poland
           RayKo Photo Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007   Gallery Luzansky, Brno, Czech Republic
           SPE Multicultural Caucus, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Miami, FL
           Joyce Elaine Grant National Juried Photography Exhibition, juried byKatherine Ware,
           Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
           DIA Invitational, juried by Tim Anderson, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO




 POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
Galicia Jewish Museum, Jewish Cultural Festival, Krakow 
Galleria Labirynt, Lublin


Daniel Center at Simons Rock, Bard College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


2014    Best Portfolio, 2014 Bratislava Portfolio Reviews, Slovakia
2012    Exhibition Preparation Grant, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies,
            The University of Texas at Austin
2011    Artist in Residence Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, 2011
2010    Top 50, Critical Mass, Photolucida
            Reviewer’s Choice Award, Third Prize, PhotoNOLA
2009    Award of Excellence, Lishui International Photography Festival
            Honorable Mention: People and Figures, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Annual
            Finalist, Critical Mass, Photolucida
2008    Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant, The Meadows School of Art at SMU
            Finalist, Critical Mass, Photolucida
2004    Exhibition Preparation Grant for Heaven on a Biscuit, Texas Commission on the Arts


2018    Koslowe Gallery, Westchester, NY
           Collaborative project with The Hevreh Ensemblein Poland; Galicia Jewish Museum, Jewish Cultural Festival, Krakow;
                 Galleria Labirynt, Lublin; POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
           Collaborative project with The Hevreh Ensemble, Bard College at Simons Rock, Barrington, MA
2017    Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA
            Professional Woman Photographers, New York, NY
            Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
            Limmud Conference for Russian Speaking Jews, London, UK
            Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
2016    Dallas Center for Photography, Dallas, TX
            Congregation Ahavath Sholom Ladies Axillary Donner Luncheon, Fort Worth, TX
2015    World Affairs Council, Dallas, TX
            Tarnów, Poland, Lecture and meeting with the artist
Lorry I. Lokey Annual , visiting artist lecture Portland State University, Portland, OR
            Portfolio Reviewer, ISAS Fine Art Festival 2015, Fort Worth Country Day School , TX
            Meadows School of the Arts, visiting artist Southwestern Methodist University
2014    Texas Christian University, Book Launch Lecture
            Palladium Printing Demo, Graduate class of Photography, University of Texas at Arlington
2013    NN Theater, Lublin, Poland, in conjunction with Exhibition at the NN Gallery
            Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, visiting artist
            Brno Czech Republic, 35 mm Daguerreotype Demo workshop
2012    FotoFest, Houston, guest speaker at Mary Virginia Swanson’s Lecture presentation.
            Lecture title: Signing a Book Contract
            The University of Texas at Arlington, Guest Artist Lecture
            Bruno Shultz Festival, Drohobych, Ukraine
            Country Day School, Fort Worth, TX
2011    Fort Worth Art Institute, Fort Worth, TX
            Documentary Photography Workshop, Kharkiv, Ukraine
            Lecturer and Portfolio reviewer, Chernihiv International Photography Festival, Chernihiv, Ukraine
2010    Jewish Community Center, Austin, TX
            Department of Photojournalism and Photography, The University of Texas at Austin
            Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the Harry Ransom Center,
            The University of Texas at Austin
2009    The Art Institute, Dallas, TX
            Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
2008    Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas, Denton, TX


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow, Poland
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Lishui Museum of Photography, Lishui, China
Lviv National Museum, Lviv, Ukraine
Drohobych / Bruno Schulz Museum, Drohobych, Ukraine
Beit Dan Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert I. Kahn Gallery at Congregation Emanu El, Houston, TX
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Private collections in the United States and abroad


2014    Beyond the Forest:  Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004 - 2012, November, 2014,
            The University of Texas Press.
2009    There was a Forest, Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today, 2005-2008, Self-Published,
            Limited edition of 500
2004    Heaven on a Biscuit, Invironmental Portrait of Hip Pocket Theatre, Exhibition Catalog Arlington
            Museum of Art, TX


2017   PaknTreger, Magazine of the Yiddish Book Center, Issue no. 75
           The Boston Globe, essay By Mark Feeney, February 24, 2017
           What Will you Rememebr? Immigrants All! Blog by Ellen Spring, February 1, 2017
           Amherst Bulletin, Photo Exhibit looks at Jewish Life in Poland And Ukraine, April 17, 2017 by Steve Pfarrer
           Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 26, 2017 by Steve Pfarrer
2016   Familial Memories become Contemporary Art in the San Francisco Contemporary
              JewishExhibit, by Robert Nagler Miller, Dec 1, 2016
           Congregation Ahavat Shalom, Annual Donors Luncheon Speaker, Fort Worth, TX April 10, 2016
           Dallas Center for Photography, lecture program, guest speaker, March 16, 2016
2015   PhotoEye Book Review by Christopher J Johnson, May 21, 2015
           Elizabeth Avedon BlogSpot, May 20, 2015
           Crusade For The Art, Focal Point, Interview by Jennifer Schwartz , May 18 2015
           The World, Public Radio International, by Alina Simon, March 18, 2015
           Austin American–Statesman, Austin, TX, by Nicole Villalpando, March 14, 2015
           Art and Seek, National Public Radio, KERA-Dallas, by Ann Boswell, January 16, 2015
           Buffalo Almanack, Featured photographer and interview, March 15, 2015
           The New Yorker, by Genevieve Fussel, February 19, 2015
           Dallas Morning News, Guy Reynolds, February 15, 2015
           LensCratch, Featured by Aline Smithson, January 3, 2015
           Jewish Outlook, Austin, TX, by Rebecca Cohen, February 1, 2015
2014    Vasa Project, Vienna, Austria, January, 2014, online gallery
           UT Press, Q&A with Loli Kantor, University of Texas at Austin, December 16, 2014
2012    Fototazo, “The Image:  Loli Kantor,” May 3, online
2011    PDN (Photo District News) Photo of The Day, June 16
2010    Art of Photography Show Catalogue 2009, exhibition catalogue
            LensWork (and LensWork Extended) Issue no. 87, March-April, pp. 58-89
2009    Lishui International Photography Festival Catalogue, exhibition catalogue
            The WPGA Annual 2009:  The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, exhibition catalogue
            Featured Artist, Virtual Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, online
            One World Portfolio Review Catalogue, PhotoAlliance
2008    “A Portrait of Three Artists,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 2
            “Two Artists, Two Backgrounds,” Texas Jewish Post, November 6
            “Second Generation Survivors:  Growing Up With Emotional Fallout,”
            Fort WorthStar-Telegram, April 8, Online


2001 – Present
Independent Studies - Photography workshops and courses. Studied with: Craig Barber, Richard Doherty, Darius Himes, David Michael Kennedy, Peter Helmes Feresten, Annette
Fournet, Mary Ellen Mark, Leighton McWilliams, Sylvia Plachy, Jan Pohribny Patricia Richards, Mary Virginia Swanson, 

Physiotherapist, Assaf Harofe Hospital, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, Israel.
English Literature, Beer Sheva University, 1969-1970