Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY– To conclude its August theme of the “outdoors” the Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) is hosting a “virtual” and an in-person film showing on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 4:30 p.m. of the movie “Pictures of His Life,” directed by Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin. The movie will be available to be viewed “virtually” from Aug. 13 to 15. This will be the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, that the Center will open its auditorium doors so that the audience may watch the movie on the big screen, if desired.

Pictures of His Life,” is a film about Amos Nachoum, who is known as one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, according to organizers. Nachoum swam with crocodiles, killer whales, anacondas, and great white sharks, and got up close and personal to capture images of these creatures.

According to organizers, he had always dreamed of swimming with polar bears. Having tried once before and barely escaping with his life, “Pictures of His Life,” follows Nachoum as his career is coming to an end and he gives it one last shot. 

Following the viewing on Aug. 15, Peter R. Barber, a freelance photographer and staff photographer from the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, will conduct a “virtual” Zoom discussion, at 7:30 p.m.

Barber was born and raised in Buffalo and started his career in photography as a freelancer for the Associated Press and the Buffalo News. He moved to Watertown in 1987 and joined the Watertown Daily Times as a staff photographer, where he worked for nearly 15 years. In 2002 he moved to Schenectady and soon began working as a photographer for the Daily Gazette. Barber has received dozens of Associated Press awards for his photography. 

Individual tickets are $6 for SJCC members and $11 for non-members. Information may be obtained at schenectadyjcc.org/events/jewish-film-festival/ or by contacting Judy Ben-Ami, cultural and adult programming director, at judyb@schenectadyjcc.com.