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We are pleased and excited to present the excellent showcase of the most known Cultural Photographers in Israel and abroad. Some of the finest photographers are exhibiting in this Issue of Israeli Lens Magazine. Interesting Articles and amazing showcase of fine art photography. As the Founder&Editor of the magazine I'm full of satisfaction and most pleased to say that the magazine is excellent and fulfilled itself in this subject. I wish you all readers great enjoyment, from the articles, the photography tips and from the great shooting of humanity.


  • Fine Art Photography Magazine

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    Dafna was born in Jerusalem in 1975 and lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a known figure in the Israeli art world as a lecturer, curator and appraiser of art and collectibles.Also a Wordpress Expert for blog sites, Corporate Sites & Woo Commerce Sites (Active online stores). With many years of experience in Google Analytic, Google Adwords and PPC. Dafna has lectured at academies of visual art and design with years of experience working in advertising and media. Her education started at Technion University studying interior design followed by general design studies with the artist Ilana Goor. She later obtained a diploma in curatorial studies and art appraisals. In the beginning of her career she worked as a graphic designer in various multimedia companies such as Ness Technologies, Casdim International Systems, along with several major advertising agencies in Israel. In 1998 she began teaching at the Avni Institute of Art and as a lecturer in visual communication at Bezalel Academy of Art and at Magen the Religious College of Art and Design. Dafna has authored a number of books for Israeli academic institutes including John Bryce College. She also

    developed course curriculum and content in a number of fields including photography, internet, media and graphic design. She was later involved in the marketing of these courses to various technology companies.

    Dafna is the CEO, Founder&Editor of Israeli Art Market, Israeli Art Market's Magazine, Israeli Lens Magazine, Sell My Art and Show My Work.

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    Cover Photo:Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved.

    Before . Menaja KokePonowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western

    Highlands. Papua New Guinea, 2010

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    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Before . Goroka, Eastern

    HighlandsPapua New Guinea, 2010

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    8/ About Cultural Photography

    20/ Oded Wagenstein- Nomadic Project

    38/ Magdalena Bagrianow - The Heart Of India

    52/ Michal Fattal- Humanity

    68/ Jimmy Nelson - Before They Pass Away

    84/ Gili Yaari- Purim Celebrations In Jerusalem

    94/ Gili Yaari- Tel-Aviv Gay Pride Parade

    102/ Roie Galitz- The Children Of Uganda

    122/ Amy Kanka- Japan

    138/ An Interview With Mark Edward Harris

    162/ Michal Solarski- Hungarian Sea

    178/ Pande Heryana- Love Around The World

    190/ Asher Gibel- Black And White Tour Of Old Tel Aviv, 1970


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    Cultural Photography

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    Cultural Photography

    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Altantsogts. Bayan Olgii, Mongolia, 2011

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    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Altantsogts. Bayan Olgii, Mongolia, 2011

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    "Cultural Photography" is the art of taking photos for the purpose of telling about a people or a culture. The photographs may be as simple as portraits of faces, or as common as street scenes, or as complex as the capturing of scenes that illustrate social relationships.

    Nothing about these kinds of images is new, of course. The cave paintings in Spain show us that this was done at the dawn of humanity. What is new and different today is the proliferation of inexpensive cameras that allow everyone easily to engage in "cultural photography" ...and, indeed, everyone who uses their mobile phone to take pictures is a cultural photographer.

    Making worth while cultural photographs is often not as simple as simply clicking the shutter, however. It requires a curiosity to see what is significant in the world around us, and the discipline to photographically document it. It requires thoughtful selection of what is to be photographed.

    Photography offers both limitations and opportunities when we attempt to use it as a tool for documentation. While photography would seem to be the most "realistic" way of capturing the world around us, this is not necessarily true. As the noted photographer Richard Avedon once observed, "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Making cultural photographs is not as simple as simply clicking the shutter of the camera, however. It requires a curiosity to see what is significant in

    the world around us, and the discipline to photographically document it. It requires thoughtful selection.Photography offers both limitations and opportunities when we attempt to use it as a tool for documentation. While photography would seem to be the most "realistic" way of capturing of the world around us, this is not necessarily true.

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    Our "interpretation" of what we are seeing, based on the context in which we are seeing it, becomes a major part of what we see. A photograph is just a selection from that overall scene. Once this selection has become a photograph it is completely isolated from the overall context in which it originally existed.

    Isolating this selection in our photograph, we transform this part of the scene that was photographed. What was simply part of a larger scene now becomes a whole scene in itself. And it now exists altogether separately from any clues of interpretation except for clues that the photographer provides in the photo.

    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Sarbore. Serengeti. Tanzania, 2010

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    This process of selection is the true art of photography. The photograph itself becomes something new and distinct from what it was in its original context. Now, instead of interpretation coming from the eyes of the live viewer, clues to interpretation are now provided by the photographer through the use of framing, lighting, focus, and other camera techniques. The photograph, although only a selected part of a total scene, may nevertheless convey an story or message that is bigger than than the photograph itself. Dorothea Lange, whose photos told the story of the Great Depression in ways that no book of statistics could have done, once made this observations: "While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see."

    Cultural photography may happen consciously or unconsciously. For the intentional cultural photographer, the photos will have documentary and educational value ...but having educational value need not make the photos less enjoyable. Indeed, the National Geographic has been simultaneously entertaining and educating its readers for more than a hundred years with quality cultural photography.

    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Dele, Lale, Korcho Village,Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011

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    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Gogine BoyGoroka, Eastern Highland. papua New Guinea, 2010

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    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Bartholomeuw, Rubin, Gibson & Samson, Kalam TribesmenSimbai, Nukunt Village, Bismark Range, Central HighlandsPapua New Guinea, 2010

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    Jimmy Nelson All rights reserved. Tumbu, Hangu, Peter, Hapiya, Kati, Hengene & StevenHuli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari ValleyPapua New Guinea, 2010

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