A documentary and editorial study of the orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn during the week before the New Year celebrations of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The importance of family and tradition. The sense of community. The ebullient energy that is felt all around as they hurry to get everything prepared and ready for the most important holidays of the year. The word Yontif means Holiday in Yiddish – the language of the Hassidic communities of New York City and the language of the Jews of Eastern Europe before WW2.
I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, and later immigrated to the US where I received a degree in graphic design and marketing communications from UCLA. I went to work for international advertising agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco as an art director and was involved in major ad campaigns for both print and television for several years. Inspired by photography and cinematography while art directing, I went back to UCLA to study film and simultaneously acquired a degree at the Los Angeles Film School. I wrote, produced and directed short films. Later I went to study photography with some of the world's finest photographers. I have been exhibiting my fine art, documentary, and portrait photography in galleries and juried shows in the US and internationally. I work as a portrait, lifestyle and event photographer for private, and corporate clients. "Photography for me is the culmination of all my experiences in architecture, design, film and art direction. It all comes together and this is where my passion is".