Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Excavation Tel Aviv Museum of Art


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After a visit with the Visual literacy class I noticed the Excavations for the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Naturally I find these sites irresistible, with the implications of photographs understood immediately.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Title: On Photography

Title: On Photography
A dance of death
And Illumination,
Sepia patches of darkness
(that) capture the mind-
Seeing becomes imagining
Silence becomes nightfall
Memories become light
and passion becomes love.

SLA 2002

I looked at a photography book that I read in 2002, and found this poem penciled on its back.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Miri Furstenberg

I gave a lecture today in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem on Photography and Trauma. While preparing for it, I met with Miri Furstenberg the sole survivor of the Maale Akrabim massacre in 1954. She told me the horrendous details of how she survived inside the bus during the attack. The photo she is holding showing her aged five, on the Egged bus before the attack. It is inspiring to see that she is still able to smile. I gave her a hug after this very emotional and moving session. What I did not get to say in the lecture was that conceptually we are all surrounded by trauma here in Israel, but I believe we need to transcend it, look at Miri's smile and have hope, confidence and love....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Beyond Documentary

This week I prepared a lecture on Francesca Woodman. Looking at her photographs was so refreshing, in a sense to observe photographs that are intensely personal which make you reflect and feel. I just thought tonight that in a way, I am exhausted from the need to argue for photographs that go beyond documentary since culturally we are bombarded by them in Israel with museum exhibitions and the common public perception which I encounter on a daily basis. What about photographs that can dream for us? feel for us? ask questions that we don't?

Taking a break from class preparations, I shot this sequence on my front porch, it makes me think about old Russian black and white films or Rembrandt drawing. Is there a reason for it? What is in these photographs that makes you reflect beyond their seemingly mundane referents?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Image Text Manipulation


Image demo for image/text manipulation for a Visual Literacy course Fall 2007
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Image Archives


Just remembered that I took this photograph in 2004 - Thinking about a school girl being shot in her class room in Gaza strip
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רדיר מוחאמר, בת 10 ישבה על יד שולחנה בשעה שנפצעה קשה מירי צה"ל בבית ספרה,
הארץ 13 אוק 2004

Radir Muchamer was sitting at her desk when she was seriously wounded from IDF shooting at her School.

Ahartez 13th Oct 2004

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Friday Ein Hod

It has been a year since the sudden passing away of Boaz Tal's wife Zehava. This Friday there was a memorial gathering in Ein Hod.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Photography and Memory

Photography and memory are intimately linked. For me shadows and light are metaphor for our memory, as if within the inner darkness of forgetfulness the light of memory shine. This is a spontaneous shot of the studio door , taken while shooting red mangoes recently. Instinctively I felt that it related to representation of memory or something that was fleetly there.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Alonissos Spt. 2007

I was for two weeks on the stunning Greek Island of Alonissos. More photos here:

Friday, August 24, 2007

Ideal City

I was thinking of PIERO della FRANCESCA 'Ideal city 1470' when I looked at this recent view of Tel Aviv on a relatively smog free day.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mordo Abrahmov Photographs

After intense five weeks of work, I was able finally to produce a book of photographs by Mordo Abrahmov:
'The story of a place - The Narrative of a Country'
Editor Dr. Shlomo Lee Abrahmov
Hard cover, 144 pages, 136 photographs in duotone. Text by Yael Gvirtz. 22.5x22.5 cm English/Hebrew ISBN 978-965-91143-6-8

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Reading Photographs II

I went to an opening in the Tel Aviv Museum of art yesterday. I took this shot while continuing to think about the interaction between photographs and their viewers. Clearly this is a complex issue with intricate implications.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Last Saturday we have had our family gathering. Karnit told us all the events of the first day when she found out that her husband Udi was kidnapped by the Hizballah. A year later, there is not a shred of new information as to the fate of the two missing soldiers. As many leaders around the world found out, Karnit is a remarkable young woman and this portrait of her is a portrait of courage, integrity and grace.
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Friday, June 29, 2007

Reading Photographs

Last night I went to Tel Aviv White Night, when many of the city's galleries and museum are open late. While photographing these two photographs, a couple walked in and was very engaged in looking at the photographs. I shot few frames of them. Looking at the sequence this morning the realization came that we are looking at the lookers and an intriguing situation is created. The young woman pose is because she is very pregnant.
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Sunday, June 17, 2007


Shot today at Shenkar School of Design.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Photographs: Theoretical Objects

While shooting this still life, I was wondering about the different thoughts going through me while shooting. I realized they originate in the motivation to reflect about photographs as theoretical objects - ones that transcend their referents .
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Portrait and Self Portrait

Last night I was ordering some prints in the studio, when I came across this proof sheet. It was taken on the roof of my friend's studio on my first visit to Helsinki in 1999. When I looked at these portraits, I could sense that in a way they reflected some of my feelings/emotions at that time.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Exists and Will Persists

Thinking about VP Richard Chaney, Eisenhower's words from 1961 seem prophetic:

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Valley

Our visit to the Valley resulted in this portfolio that in a way is a reflection on the meaning of young people's lives presently in Israel. The portfolio:
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Friday, April 27, 2007

U.C. Irvine 1985

In 1985, I was in U.C Irvine. I took these photographs with my first Rolleiflex, getting more seriously involved with photography.

The term was originally coined in 1688 by Johannes Hofer (1669-1752), a Swiss medical student. The word is made up of two Greek roots (νόστος = nostos = returning home, and άλγος = algos = pain/longing), to refer to "the pain a sick person feels because he wishes to return to his native land, and fears never to see it again". In today's common parlance it is a feeling, a yearning for a lost time and place, usually located in the near past.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Memorial Day

Avraham Meshulam was my friend, we grew up together and in high school we went to Tel Aviv Museum of Art afternoon art classes. He died in the failed attempt to recapture the Hermon Mountain outpost during the 1973 Yom Kippur war. I just recently found out that he was decorated with the Medal of Courage, IDF's second highest citation. On this memorial day, the thoughts are always coming back to, was it worth it? What is the meaning of a life gone so quickly. The questions are coming back, but it seems that we find less and less answers.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Adi Nes

Last Friday I went to Adi Nes Biblical Stories exhibition. Visually there were some strong images in this jammed packed opening.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Jordanian Border

This Friday we traveled along the Jordanian border (until the IDF told us to find more suitable locations), when we came across these stunning Red-Horned Poppies. It was interesting to note their presence between the minefields of the volatile border of the past.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Up Close

I found this ad that I marked in Artforum in 2004 - there was something in this spontaneous marking.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Oak Tree

For many years, I have been trying to photograph this tree. I was able to do so yesterday. Looking at it I realized that what made this tree atractive for me was that it was an idea into itself...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Robert Irwin

More from the photo archives : Robert Irwin in his studio, San Diego 1991

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


I was thinking about Adi Nes recent show, his new work relates to homelessness. He talked about how we do not want to think about the homeless. Does it scare us that we might be like them? I recalled these photographs that I took just after moving to downtown L.A in 1898. I drove past this man on San Pedro Street. Later I did not photograph any of the men and women on skid row.