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The compelling autobiography of Israel's preeminent photojournalist, illustrated with his most memorable images. Today, photojournalist David Rubinger stands at the peak of his profession: a winner of the Israel Prize for services to the media and a fixture on the masthead of Time, he is the only photographer whose work is on permanent display at the Knesset, Israel's legislature. In this fascinating volume, he reports his own story, which in many ways reflects the history of Israel that he has recorded so faithfully with his camera. Born in Vienna in 1924, he emigrated to British Palestine in 1939 and developed a passion for photography while serving in the British army's Jewish Brigade. After fighting in Israel's War of Independence, he became a professional news photographer, reporting on each of his young nation's subsequent wars from the front lines, at first for the Israeli media and later as a correspondent for Time-Life. He photographed all of Israel's leaders, many of whom have allowed him a remarkable degree of access to their lives; Ariel Sharon said, "I trust Rubinger even though I know he doesn't vote for me."
But Rubinger has not confined his reporting to war and politics; by photographing the successive waves of Jewish immigrants from Europe, the Arab world, Russia, and Ethiopia, he has also created a valuable record of Israel's transformation from a country of six hundred thousand to one of seven million. In recounting his eventful career, Rubinger proves himself a gifted raconteur, sharing anecdotes of the many leading personalities he has photographed and telling the stories behind his most famous pictures, many of which are reproduced here at fullpage size. Also illustrated are a selection of Rubinger's never-before-published personal photographs, which provide vivid behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fast-paced and sometimes daring work of a photojournalist. Both a personal account of one man's life with the camera and a visual document of the birth of a nation, Israel through My Lens is an essential book for anyone with an interest in Israeli history or the art of photojournalism.
David Rubinger is an Israeli photojournalist. The first photographer to win the prestigious Israel Prize, the state's highest honor, President Shimon Peres called him "the photographer of the nation in the making." He worked as a photographer for Time-Life for almost 50 years. Ruth Corman is a London-based photographer, art consultant, and curator, as well as the former director of the British Israel Arts Foundation. She has organized many exhibitions in Britain and Israel, including two shows of David Rubinger's photography. Shimon Peres is a former prime minister of Israel and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Table of Contents from: Israel through My Lens Acknowledgments Foreword by Shimon Peres 1. How It All Began 2. The Early Years in Europe 3. Leaving for Eretz 4. A Soldier for King George 5. The Marriage 6. My First Love Affair--with the Camera 7. Married Life and Becoming an Israeli 8. After the War of Independence 9. My Career Begins 10. Haolam Hazeh 11. Home Life 12. Yedioth Ahronoth 13. Ben-Gurion 14. Immigration 15. My Beginning with Time-Life 16. The Sinai War 17. Taking to the Skies 18. Papal Visits 19. Teddy Kollek 20. The Six Day War and After 21. The War of Attrition 22. The Yom Kippur War 23. Sadat and Begin 24. Air Power Stories 25. Becoming an Austrian Citizen--Again 26. Immigration from Russia and Ethiopia 27. Football and the Lebanon War 28. Rubber Bullet 29. The Second Intifada and the Settlements 30. Some Special People 31. Travels Abroad with My Camera 32. My Life in the Movies 33. Influences on My Career 34. My Archives 35. House and Home 36. My Marriage to Anni 37. The Evening of My Life 38. The Renaissance Afterword by Ruth Corman Chronology Index
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