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Alex Levac
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.[1]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Photojournalism career 3 Awards 4 Quotes 5 Published works 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Biography[edit] Alex Levac
Alex Levac
was born in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
in 1944. After graduating in philosophy and psychology from Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
University and in photography from the London College of Printing, he began working as a freelance photographer in Brazil
Brazil
from 1971 to 1974.[2] In 1974-79, he worked in London and later in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
(1979–81). In 1981, he returned to Israel
Israel
and settled in Jerusalem.[2] Levac is married to Maariv journalist Sherry Ansky and they have one child. Photojournalism career[edit] 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
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
Ein Harod
Israeli Biennale of Photography; and the Israel
Israel
Museum in Jerusalem. He published five books.[2] Awards[edit]

In 1993, Levac received the Rita Poretzky Award of Photography from the Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Museum of Art.[3] In 2001, the Israeli Foreign Ministry
Israeli Foreign Ministry
chose Levac to represent Israel in the international exhibit "Our Country".[1] In 2005, he won the Israel
Israel
Prize, for photography.[1][4] The judges who chose to award the prize emphasized the humanitarian perspective of his work. "No other photographer is as involved as Alex Levac
Alex Levac
in the Israeli experience," they wrote.

Quotes[edit]

"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."[2]

Published works[edit]

Eye to Zion, edited by David Tartakover, published by Am Oved, 1994. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Serenade, with poems by Nathan Alterman, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000. 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.

See also[edit] List of Israel
Israel
Prize recipients References[edit]

^ a b c Haaretz
Haaretz
photographer Alex Levac
Alex Levac
wins Israel
Israel
Prize By Smadar Sheffi and Yulie Khromchenko, Ha'aretz 18.02.05 [1] ^ a b c d Our Country, Photographs by Alex Levac
Alex Levac
1 Apr 2005 ^ Offering Reconciliation, Brandeis University ^ Israel
Israel
Prize Judges’ Rationale for the Award to A. Levac (in Hebrew) Israel
Israel
Prize official website

External links[edit]

A collection of Alex Levac's photographs Israel, With a Knowing Wink - An article about Levac in NYT's photography blog Israel
Israel
Prize Official Site - CV of Alex Levac
Alex Levac
(in Hebrew)

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