ALINA AND JEFF BLIUMIS
FROM SELFIE TO GROUPIE
Authors: Joshua Ellison (editor), David Shneer, Anya Ulinich, Jenya Gorbatsevich and Konrad Bercovici
Release Date: May 2015
Format: 9 x 11 inches
Features: 240 pages, 245 full color and 14 black-and-white photographs, hardcover
From Selfie to Groupie by Alina and Jeff Bliumis is a book of photographs and essays that explores the variety and intricacy of Jewish-American identity, beginning with the Russian-Jewish immigrant enclave of Brooklyn's Brighton Beach and continuing with the Jewish-American community at large in locations from New York to Philadelphia, Miami, Sonoma Valley, and St.Paul.
In total, 1922 participants have helped make this a vital portrait of the community today “in its many shades, shapes, and sizes” and a collaborative statement about collective identity. Participants ranged from a two-years old girl who identified herself as a "future president" to the vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, who identified himself as "a proud and grateful Jewish American." By creating these social portraits, the project documents a quickly shifting experience, from the past to the present and into the future. The publication has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.