Milestones - Ziv Koren

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October 21- November 15, 2010

Ziv Koren has been a professional photojournalist for 20 years. He began his career as a
photographer in the Israeli army, later to join the editional committee of the Yedioth Achronot
daily newspaper, as photographer and photo editor.

He has been a photojournalist for Sygma and Gamma photo agencies, and is a staff photographer
for Polaris Images since 2003.

Koren's main interests are humanitarian issues which are often the subject of his documentary projects.
In addition, for the past 20 years he has been decimating the IDF. Koren's award-winning photographs have
been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, he published 9 books, lectures at workshops
and universities and in 2008 became a Canon Ambassador.

The detaching of the photograph from it's story creates new possibilities of reinterpretation and globalization of
meaning for the photograph. The image resembles more a depiction of the human condition, raising questions
such as: who is the person, what is he doing, where did he come from and where is he going.

An exhibit of Ziv Koren's political.military photographs juxtaposed with his photographs of daily life reality in
Israel is a rare occurrence.

The collection of photographs in this book brings to light both the full range that exists in the Israeli intense reality
between these extreme points and in Koren's body of work. Transcending boundaries: Israeli assistance after the
Haitian earthquake, Ethiopian Falashmora being brought to Israel, a religious ceremony at the Church of the Holy
Sepulcher in Jerusalem, a religious celebration at Mt. Meron at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Aushwitz concentration camp,
Tel-Aviv gay pride parade, A Druz corps of in training, contestants of a beauty pageant.

Although people prefer to be photographed at their finest moments, at times the light they are depicted in is quite
different when revealed and exposed with another reality. At times these realties flatter each other, but at times the juxtaposing of these different realities makes one seem preposterous in light of the other.

On other occasions this juxtaposing can actually bring into light the extremeties of the diverse Israeli society:
a religious jubilation opposed a celebration at a gay pride parade, the darkness of the battlefield opposed the
darkness of nightlife, bathing in a mikveh as opposed to bathing in the port of Haifa. In these juxtaposing of two
different realities, a third is created either on purpose, as in the choices of the couplings in a book, or by hand of
chance, as in the case of the collection of works: "misprints".

Ziv Koren's body of work is in semblance to Israeli reality, incomplete without it's opposing extremes.

 

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