Vincent Giordano Before The Flame Goes Out Collection
The Vincent Giordano Before the Flame Goes Out Collection contains materials pertaining to an unfinished documentary by Vincent Giordano about the Romaniote Jewish community in Ioannina, Greece, and the lower east side of Manhattan. The collection contains photographic prints and negatives; project files related to travel, research, and exhibition; and audio-visual materials. Giordano captured religious objects, rituals and holidays; community events and lifecyles; and the architecture and art of the synagogues. He interviewed members of the congregations and took their portraits.
- circa 1999-2010
Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please email QC.email@example.com for more information or to schedule an appointment. A portion of the collection is also available on JSTOR Open Community Collections https://www.jstor.org/site/queenscollegearchives/vincentgiordano and in the digital exhibition Romaniote Memories, a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan https://scalar.usc.edu/works/romaniote-memories/index.
Conditions Governing Use
Works created by Vincent Giordano are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0), the full terms of which can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.
Biographical / Historical
Vincent Giordano (1952-2010) was a photographer, filmmaker, and documentarian based in New York. Giordano was born in Manhattan, raised in Plainview on Long Island, and attended college at SUNY Oswego.
From 1999 until his death in 2010, he documented the Romaniote Jewish communities in New York and Ioannina, Greece. Some of the photographic work was exhibited, though the documentary remained unfinished. In 2008, at the time of his exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art, Giordano released a trailer for his intended full-length documentary.
Giordano's project was guided by members of the Kehila Kedosha Janina (KKJ) synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. Imagining that the congregation would soon disappear, he titled his project Before the Flame Goes Out (though the community has remained remarkably vibrant). The project expanded to include the Romaniote Jewish community in KKJ's mother city of Ioannina, Greece. Giordano's work was sponsored by the International Survey of Jewish Monuments. He was also awarded a Fulbright for the project.
Giordano's collection of 9/11 related portraits, Remembrance, is in the permanent collection of the New-York Historical Society. He won seven Clio Awards as Director of Photography.
8 Linear Feet (One record carton, two 5" x 8" boxes, five 8" x 10" boxes, three 10" x 13" boxes, one 10.5" x 12" box, and five 12" x 17.5" boxes.)
Language of Materials
Greek, Modern (1453-)
Multi-media collection created by Vincent Giordano documenting the Romaniote Jewish community in New York's lower east side, and its mother synagogue in Ioannina, Greece.
The collection is arranged in three series, two of which have been further arranged in subseries.
Series I: Photographs
Subseries I-A: New York
Subseries I-B: Greece
Subseries I-C: Portraits
Series II: Project files
Subseries II-A: Research and travel
Subseries II-B: Exhibits and Portfolios
Series III: Audio-Visual and CDs
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library and Hellenic American Project of Queens College by Hilda Giordano in May of 2019.
Stable condition. Legacy media needs to be converted for digital access.
This collection is collaboratively curated and maintained by the Queens College Library's Department of Special Collections and Archives and the Hellenic American Project. This collection was processed be Graduate Fellow Ellis Ging in spring 2022, thanks to the generosity of the Queens College Center for Jewish Studies, which funded the Fellowship. Archival description in the finding aid drew from a digital exhibit curated by Dr. Samuel Gruber,
- Vincent Giordano Before The Flame Goes Out Collection
- Ellis Ging
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