Alex Levac (Hebrew: אלכס ליבק, born 1944, Tel Aviv) is an
Israeli photojournalist and street photographer. He won the Israel
Prize for photography in 2005.
2 Photojournalism career
5 Published works
6 See also
8 External links
Alex Levac was born in
Tel Aviv in 1944. After graduating in
philosophy and psychology from
Tel Aviv University and in photography
from the London College of Printing, he began working as a freelance
Brazil from 1971 to 1974. In 1974-79, he worked in
London and later in
Los Angeles (1979–81). In 1981, he returned to
Israel and settled in Jerusalem. Levac is married to Maariv
journalist Sherry Ansky and they have one child.
In 1983, he became staff photographer for the daily
Hadashot and since
1993 he is staff photographer for the Israeli daily Haaretz. In 1984,
a photograph he took during the hijacking of a
Tel Aviv bus disproved
the official account of events and led to a long running scandal known
as the Kav 300 affair. Levac has participated in a number of
exhibitions, among them Amazon Indians, held at the University of
California, Berkeley; the
Ein Harod Israeli Biennale of Photography;
Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He published five books.
In 1993, Levac received the Rita Poretzky Award of Photography from
Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
In 2001, the
Israeli Foreign Ministry
Israeli Foreign Ministry chose Levac to represent Israel
in the international exhibit "Our Country".
In 2005, he won the
Israel Prize, for photography. The judges
who chose to award the prize emphasized the humanitarian perspective
of his work. "No other photographer is as involved as
Alex Levac in
the Israeli experience," they wrote.
"I don't take a lot of pictures. I see things as though through a
sieve. The choice of a specific moment is mine. I enjoy photography.
It forces me to look at marginal things as well. There are wonderful
situations where the photographic potential is enormous, and pictures
truly leap to the eye, but most pictures are obtained by hard and
patient work. I would like all my pictures to be great, full of
historical, social, and anthropological meaning, but very few reach
that level. Many times the result is simply anecdotal, visual
amusements, the justaposition of bits of reality that usually are not
connected to one another. Some are complex, others are simple, but
they always tell something about us."
Eye to Zion, edited by David Tartakover, published by Am Oved, 1994.
Tel Aviv Serenade, with poems by Nathan Alterman, Hakibbutz Hameuchad,
Our country, Introduction: Daniel Ben-Simon, published by the Ministry
of Defense, 2000.
Like a dog, edited by David Tartakover, Keter Publishing, 2005.
Israel: the twenty-first century, Carmel Press, 2008.
Israel Prize recipients
^ a b c
Alex Levac wins
Israel Prize By Smadar
Sheffi and Yulie Khromchenko, Ha'aretz 18.02.05 
^ a b c d Our Country, Photographs by
Alex Levac 1 Apr 2005
^ Offering Reconciliation, Brandeis University
Israel Prize Judges’ Rationale for the Award to A. Levac (in
Israel Prize official website
A collection of Alex Levac's photographs
Israel, With a Knowing Wink - An article about Levac in NYT's
Israel Prize Official Site - CV of
Alex Levac (in Hebrew)
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