The Lost Tribe Jews in northeast India and northwest Myanmar are a small minority, numbering less than 10,000, by some estimates. They are easily missed among the region’s Christian and Buddhist populations.
The existence of Lost Tribe Jews complicates notions of Jewish identity while emphasizing its malleability. Having grown up in a Jewish family without ever fully embracing the religion of my observant parents, I was intrigued by these communities. I wanted to document how they were redefining Judaism through their daily lives and rituals.
Bio Daniel Tepper is a photographer and journalist living in New York City.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, Daniel studied photojournalism and documentary storytelling at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Previously based in Israel and Palestine from 2013 to 2016, Daniel photographed and wrote about politics and daily life in the region while working on long term projects.
Daniel's photographs and reporting have been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and others.
Other prizes 2018 Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, Shortlist 2018 Review Santa Fe, Selected Participant 2018 Under 35 CAPTA Grant, Awarded by the CAPTA Photography Collective 2018 Selected Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017 LaCritique.org Award, awarded by Festival Voies Off 2017 Selected Participant, Festival Voies Off, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France 2016 Selected Winner, American Photography 32 2012 The John & Anna-Maria Phillips Foundation Scholarship, awarded by the International Center of Photography