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Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s photography collection comprises some 4,000 works by Israeli and international photographers, from a wide range of periods, artistic trends, and photographic techniques.

It is divided into various historical and contemporary categories, including, most notably, a collection of nineteenth-century photographs of Palestine; a unique collection of the negatives of the artist Ephraim Moses Lilien, who worked in Germany and Palestine in the early twentieth century; a representative and comprehensive selection of photographs by Robert Capa of Israel on the eve of the declaration of its independence; a representative selection of press photos by American photographers Weegee and W. Eugene Smith; street photographs by the influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson; photographs by American Leon Levinstein; Soviet photography from the first half of the twentieth century; photojournalism by Israeli and American photographers from the 1930s through the 1970s; a selection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid photos; as well as an impressive collection of works by contemporary Israeli photographers. In recent years, video works and photo installations have also been added to the collection (Dror Daum, Liat Elbling, Dana Levi, Ronit Porat, Orit Raff, Anna Yam, Maya Zack, and others).

The collection was built thanks to private donors – including the Schocken family, Cornell Capa, Michael S. Sachs, Howard Schickler, and David Lafaille, as well as the America–Israel Cultural Foundation. In recent years, it has also been enhanced by the efforts of the Museum’s Voting for Art acquisition group, and thanks to two sponsored awards conferred by the Museum upon photographers: the Leon & Michaela Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Photographer, awarded for over a decade (until 2013), and the Lauren & Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Calle Cuauhtemocztin, Mexico, 1934
Silver print, 30×40 cm

Gift of the Rich Foundation
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Brassai, Homme-Gorille, 1933
Gelatin silver print, 28×25 cm

Gift of Michael S. Sachs, Westport, Connecticut, through the American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1992
© Estate Brassaï – RMN-Grand Palais

Robert Capa, The Promenade, Tel Aviv Beach, 1948
Black-and-white photograph, 40.6×50.8 cm

Gift of Edith and Cornell Capa, N.Y., through the American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1990
© Estate of Cornell Capa/ICP

Dalia Amotz, Untitled (Cliffs), 1976
Black-and-white photograph, 44.5×44 cm

Purchase
© Estate of Dalia Amotz

Simcha Shirman, Acre (The White Horse), 1981
Black-and-white photograph, 30.4×40.4 cm

Gift of the artist
© Simcha Shirman

Michal Chelbin, Sergey, Juvenile Prison, Russia, 2009
Color print, 43×43 cm

Gift of the Tel Aviv Educational & Cultural CO.,2011
© Michal Chelbin

Ephraim Moses Lilien, Model in Scarf and Head Adornments, 1906
Celluloid negative

Gift of the Schocken Family
© Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Francis Frith, Absalom's Tomb, 1857
Albumen print, 21.1×15.9 cm

Purchase
© Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Frank Mason Good, Mount Tabor, 19th century
Photograph, 15.8×21 cm

Purchase
© Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Weegee (Arthur Fellig), The Critic, 1948
Black-and-white photograph, 28×35.2 cm

Gift of Michael S. Sachs, Westport, Connecticut, through the American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1987
© Weegee/ International Center of Photography.

Liat Elbling, Getting Lost, 2015
Color print, 36×28.5 cm

Purchased with the contribution of Voting for Art Acquisition Group
© Liat Elbling

Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Mother, 1924
Silver print, 18.5×24.5 cm

Anonymous gift through the American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art
© Estate of the Artist

Aviram Valdman, Duvidas, Angola, 2012
Color print, 100×250 cm

Purchased with the contribution of Voting for Art Acquisition Group
© Aviram Valdman

Matan Mittwoch, Composition 1, 2011
Archival pigment print, 119×94 cm

Purchased with the contribution of Voting for Art Acquisition Group
© Matan Mittwoch

Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s photography collection comprises some 4,000 works by Israeli and international photographers, from a wide range of periods, artistic trends, and photographic techniques.

It is divided into various historical and contemporary categories, including, most notably, a collection of nineteenth-century photographs of Palestine; a unique collection of the negatives of the artist Ephraim Moses Lilien, who worked in Germany and Palestine in the early twentieth century; a representative and comprehensive selection of photographs by Robert Capa of Israel on the eve of the declaration of its independence; a representative selection of press photos by American photographers Weegee and W. Eugene Smith; street photographs by the influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson; photographs by American Leon Levinstein; Soviet photography from the first half of the twentieth century; photojournalism by Israeli and American photographers from the 1930s through the 1970s; a selection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid photos; as well as an impressive collection of works by contemporary Israeli photographers. In recent years, video works and photo installations have also been added to the collection (Dror Daum, Liat Elbling, Dana Levi, Ronit Porat, Orit Raff, Anna Yam, Maya Zack, and others).

The collection was built thanks to private donors – including the Schocken family, Cornell Capa, Michael S. Sachs, Howard Schickler, and David Lafaille, as well as the America–Israel Cultural Foundation. In recent years, it has also been enhanced by the efforts of the Museum’s Voting for Art acquisition group, and thanks to two sponsored awards conferred by the Museum upon photographers: the Leon & Michaela Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Photographer, awarded for over a decade (until 2013), and the Lauren & Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist.

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