Intermarried (Kehrer, 2013) explores the notion, and questions the implications, of intermarriage. I initiated the project by contacting an online parent group in Washington Heights, my NY neighborhood, inviting couples who define themselves as ‘mixed couples’ to participate. Being myself intermarried, I was interested in the many challenges faced by couples who choose to share their lives regardless of their different origins, ethnicities, races or religions. Drawing on the experience of my subjects, I have constructed a subtle narrative that deals, through images and text, with the complex, multifaceted issues posed by intermarriage.
Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based photographer whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and ICP. Yael's work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe and she is the recipient of various grants and awards, including ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and recent grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. In 2007, her photograph ‘Crash’ was selected for the cover of American Photography 23. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried (Kehrer, 2013), her second monograph, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.