Me - Israel Ben Ari

As a child, my father who was a painter taught me drawing and painting. Later I discovered the fascinating world of photography and in 1974 I bought my first camera, Agfamatic 2000 pocket.

Contemporary fine art photography gives me the freedom to pursue my creativity, employing my skills to express my own ideas and communicate with others.

For me the photograph becomes a repository of personal, social and cultural values in an image-saturated world, as Charlotte Cotton put it.

My inspiration comes from all sorts of sources, anything that allows me to think about the culture that I am part of. I Observe Architecture, I observe people in the street, I watch films, I read, I listen to music, I think about my relations with others.

It's all about the little everyday things, observing them with a critical eye, allowing the mind to go wild and using a mixture of humor and a disciplined eye to make a picture.

Yet, as an artist, you have no choice but to develop a strong capacity for self-criticism and an astute awareness of the interpretations your work can induce.

You need to have a strong independent points of view and a mature grasp of the range of critical debate surrounding contemporary art.

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank

I would welcome any comments that anyone cares to share.

Best regards,

Israel Ben Ari