Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jaser A Zarka

I visited  my old friends in Jaser a Zarka today after last week's huge winter storm.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Colllection of Artifacts

A collection of artifacts: arrowheads from  Wadi Maghareh Sinai , fossils from Jordan and an old bathing bowl from Bulgaria.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Wadi Maghara Sinai 1999

This rare photograph of the relief in Wadi Maghara, was taken by (c) Uzi Varon in 1999. It depicts the Second Relief of Sekhemkhet

Friday, November 19, 2010

Night Narratives

My course this semester ends at night.  In a peculiar mood these were taken after teaching.  Digital cameras at night offer an immediate spacing as the reddish tones create a film-like lighting.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kalanswa 15 Oct 2010

 Citrus Grower Haim Tzoerie next to his experimental citrus grove Moshav Ein Vered
מגדל ההדרים חיים צחורי בפרדס הקליף "אודם" מושב עין ורד

Thaer Strawberries Grower Kalanswa-טהאר בשדה התותים שלו קלאנסווה

Goats Taiba Overpass
50k loop

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cezanne Quote of the Day

Cezanne Mount Sainte Victoire from Bellevue1882-85

The day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed will set off a revolution.

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
Paul Cezanne

What I am trying to convey to you is more mysterious; it is entwined in the very roots of being, in the impalpable source of sensations.
J. Gasquet, Cézanne


Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I came across this remarkable collection of Hemingway journalistic pieces. The lucid writing and the political perceptions are still second to none.  The original book cover had some tacky illustrations which annoyed me so I tried to improve on them.  Back cover from a Gap advertisement - front photograph is mine, shot in Laguna Beach CA 1990

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Souvenirs and Relics

On the relationship between souvenirs and relics and their "strata" 2010
 Prof. Bruce Brown Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at  University of  Brighton UK, has asked me what did I think made the  difference between souvenirs and relics. It made me reflect on one of the souvenirs/relics from my archives:

On this relic 'stratum' - in 2009 I found abandoned buildings in Kibbutz Heftziba including the  well designed dinning hall. Realizing immediately the cultural significance of these locations' I did  a series of photographs there. On my second visit I noticed a big pile of artifacts on the dinning hall floor. Apparently these were personal artifacts from somebody's house that has to be emptied and instead of throwing the impressive items ( such as art books, drawings, photographs) they chose to dump them there in that location ( one culture devours the other). The postcard found in this pile is interesting as it was mailed from Nazi Germany to Palestine on the 23.8. 1939 ( a week before the beginning of the war). In a sense it signifies exalted culture ( ie church architectural articulation) and its coming demise, as well as the speculations as what was the fate of postcard's sender. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Garden View

After reflecting on the issues pertaining to Courbet Oak painting of 1864 and Le Gray Photo of an Oak in Fountainebleau 1855-57, I photographed the garden this morning....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Victory Photograph 1946

As I was scanning this photograph today, it occurs to me that in a way it is sort of a victory photograph.
This squad of the Jewish Brigade have fought the Nazis in Italy.
Here they  are photographed in Holland in 1946 while participating in an operation to smuggle holocaust refugees from Germany towards France where they could be sent to Palestine. 
Mordo is smiling on the lower right side of the photograph.
Incidentally the side arms in this photograph are the notorious American Tommy Guns.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

On Togetherness

I have had the feeling that the Gilad Shalit march yesterday was giving many Israelis something to feel a rare sense of togetherness. This feeling is absent in recent years from contemporary Israeli society

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Two Portraits

Two portraits from Saalame St. Tel Aviv. Lior is a young man who is doing a one year voluntary community service in Jerusalem before joining the IDF. On his way to a classical piano concert which he is also  playing.  Yossi emigrated to Israel in the sixty from Romania. A very busy electrician specializing in air conditioning. Jokingly he told me that the real boss is his wife.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Seeing The World for the First Time

Couple of days ago I have had a long talk with my artist friend G. in his south Tel Aviv studio.  It was around six in the afternoon when I stepped out into the street.  The strong summer directional light and the influence of our talk which centered on the act of perception charged me with a feeling of as if I was seeing the world for the first time.
Looking at these photographs I can clearly perceive that they are able to capture what I was after ( and them some) which was the complexity and intricacies present at some of the most mundane environments.  

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tsernichovski St. Tel Aviv

After Philip Lorca Di Corcia lecture last night, I was walking down Tsernichovky street, Tel Aviv which I was not familiar with. There is something special about encountering locations for the first time when the sense of mystery and underlying appearances is much sharpened.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Photograph is Banal 2010

The photograph is banal platitudinous in the true sense of the word.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Design Museum Holon

The new Design Museum Holon Israel by Ron Arad