PORTRAITS FROM JAFFA

Text and Photos by Bar Am-David

Bar Am-David is a London/Tel Aviv based photographer, and has completed Photography BA (Hons) degree at Middlesex University, UK. He has exhibited internationally in Malaysia, Singapore and various locations around London and the UK. He has also exhibited at the Foto8 SummerShow at Host Gallery in Old Street, London. His photographs have been featured on numerous websites and publications
such as Foto8 on the ìstory of the weekî and also D&AD.He has also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London) as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that grew up during the cityís short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up of a greater percentage of Arabs but recent gentrification is attracting a young, professional population and Israelis. Jaffa is the most celebrated place in Israel, where Israelis and Arabs live in peace together despite the conflict. My purpose was to examine the lifestyle of this particular place and to look at how ordinary people survive in their extraordinary circumstances. These photographs do not pose solutions but serve as a reminder of enduring spirit through the most challenging adversity.

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