Item description for Boris Carmi: Photographs from Israel by Alexandra Nocke Yoram Kaniuk...
The first photographic retrospective of one of the pioneers of Israeli photojournalism, this beautiful collection of black and white images by Boris Carmi is also a stirring narrative of Israeli life in the second half of the twentieth century.
Spanning the final years of the British mandate, a wave of European immigrants, the War of Independence, and the deportation of Palestinian refugees, Boris Carmi's work is characterized by its focus on human portrayal. The nearly one hundred photographs in this monograph make no overt political statement, but document life in a country riven by ethnic and social tension. Consequently, his war pictures, his portraits of artists and politicians, and his images of Israel's beautiful women retain a powerful universal message of human dignity, and an unflagging optimism that speaks volumes.
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Beautiful Photography, Beautiful Book Jul 26, 2005
Boris Carmi was one of the premier Israeli photojournalists from the time of the founding of the nation through the 1970s. This book, BORIS CARMI: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ISRAEL provides an excellent introduction to his photography and overview of his career. Three introductory essays set the context for his photography and then the photos take over. The first several sections are the most fascinating, documenting the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and the arrival of Jews in the new nation of Israel from around the world--old world European Jews as well as Jews from places like Morocco and Yemen. The hopefulness and determination in the faces and the beauty of the land (urban and rural) is inspiring, even as the viewer remains aware of the people displaced to make way for such scenes (Palestinians are shown only in defeat and surrender in the photos from 1948, and fleeing into Jordan in photos from the 1967 war).
Other sections include a chapter of landscape photographs, photos of Tel Aviv, shots of historical contemporaries from David Ben-Gurion to Golda Meir, Robert Oppenheimer to Leonard Bernstein, and artistic photos of women.
Beyond their subject matter, the photographs are great examples of mid 20th century black and white photojournalism, very much like the best of Life magazine in their style--crisp, clean, clear and iconic. An excellent book and an excellent tribute to a master photographer.