Artist statement

   As a concept artist and a religious photographer, I see my work as a mission. My job is to have my camera lens bring out things that are hidden in nature and in people. Like a composer, who, affecting others’ ears, exposes his innermost feelings through music, so too the photographer expresses his feelings and thoughts through his art that affects others’ eyes.

   My works are directed mostly at presenting real-life situations, occurring in the Jewish world, on the inner aspects of a man’s soul and in seeing the future by contemplating the past from the day of Creation and to the present. From there I seek the points of light, connection oneness with the one being photographed.

   As someone who was born in the Soviet Union, I experienced the impressive Western culture and developed a taste for aesthetic beauty. I lived through the fall of communism in Russia, and I also lived on an Israeli Kibbutz in my youth. Those dramatic events, as well as coming of age in the Israeli on the one hand, and search for a meaning in life on the other, whetted my sensitivity to the environment and attention to detail, which are essential for photography, which started out as a hobby but turned into a profession.

   The eighteen years that I have been working as a photographer saw my making my way to Judaism. Pondering and investigation of the world around me brought me to discover the truth and to recognize the Creator. This process found its expression in my work, which reflects the longing of the soul to become one with its Maker.

Stills photography is an essential tool. I use graphic processing when needed. Photomontage that makes use of letters helps hone the message, gleaned from Torah study. Video art, performing art and the conceptual text are all additional tools of expression, necessary to voice the message to the viewer and to the listener.

Picture titles are a fruit of much mental labor. They are intended to connect the photograph and the spiritual and moral meanings of time, place and character of the elements, expressed in the picture. In some cases they link modern issues with the words of the Torah and the Talmud.

   The language of documentary photography is the most accurate portrayal of reality. I use it to connect monotony of everyday life with its true goal, and to achieve its thorough completion. By choosing my subject, place, its actual and hinted names, the title, I walk the path with the camera being the tool of the modern alchemist. Camera helps me understand things and innovate. It’s a mystical tool that helps decipher the most intriguing and interesting of all puzzles – life itself.

   My camera is my pen, its sensors are my parchment, the light is the holiness and the ink, the photographer is the narrator of the tale. He takes pictures in order to do good, to influence and to bring closer.

CV & Exhibitions

1978 (Moscow) came to Israel in 1991

Education:

2013 Online course: New York Institute of Photography: fundamental photography

course

2010 Beit Berl Academy of Arts: Studied for a BA in plastic arts and education

2008 WIZO Academy, Haifa: professional photography course

2003 “Creative Photography” private college: the course is given by the photographer

Jacob Bornstein, Tel Aviv.

2000 Army service: frontier engineering

Future - 2021 July: One-man exhibit "Gallery By the Lake", Raanana, Israel

2016 Group exhibit in "Miklat Le'omanut" Gallery in Jerusalem, festival “Courts”

2016 Group exhibit in “Beit Alliance” Jerusalem, “Room - Heider”

2016 Group exhibit in “Hechal Shlomo" museum Jerusalem, “Asrenu”

2015 One-man exhibit in “Jerusalem House of quality”, “From the depth of the heart”

2013 Published a concept photography book, “Reuven’s Prayer”

2007 – 2011 Freelance photographer in “Hatzav de-Vit" advertising agency, Tiberias

2009 Emissary of the Jewish Agency in the Millhouse summer camp for children in

Novosibirsk, Russia. group leader and photography teacher.

2009 Individual exhibit “Whose Life is This?” in “Beit Gabriel”, North Israel

2008 – 2009 A volunteer teaching assistant in a shelter for people with special needs,

“Tiberias Heights” Hostel.

2009 Author in an artist blog in a Jewish-Arab site “Dugrinet”

2008 Alumni exhibit of the “Wizo” college of art and design, Haifa

Contact

reuvenzukerman@gmail.com  phone/w/app: +972 504649360

Jerusalem Israel PoB 23807 9123701

©2019 by Reuven Zukerman. 

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