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Bill Aron received his first camera at age 12 (he won it at Steel Pier in Atlantic City at the roulette wheel). It was a modest device, a Brownie Hawkeye, but it did spark something within him that led to a life long love of photography. He wanted to capture the world in front of him, and make that scene into a lasting image.
All his life he’s been interested in how people present themselves and interact with each other, including with the camera. Aron’s first book, From the Corners of the Earth, (1986) features photographs of Jews living in the Soviet Union, Cuba, Jerusalem, New York, and Los Angeles. The book’s introduction was written by Chaim Potok. In 2002, Aron published Shalom Y’All, focusing on Jews in the Deep South including, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina. That book featured an introduction by Alfred Uhry. His most recent book, New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors, was published on March 4, 2015.