about One Family /
Meir Shalev

  You might think you are looking at a collection of photographs, but in fact you are reading a novel, the history of one family, a human landscape in black and white that stretches across four generations. Not the black and white of good and evil, not a black and white that exemplifies the souls […]

Forward /
Moti Omer

The more I delved into Vardi Kahana’s “One Family,” the more I was reminded of my formative exhibition of photography, “The Family of Man.” Organized in 1955 by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, it was curated by photographer Edward Steichen, and featured a comprehensive book with a prologue by poet Carl Sandburg. The […]

We Come from the Number /
Hanoch Marmary

In order to avoid the assignment of excessively high numbers from the general series to the large number of Hungarian Jews arriving in 1944, the SS authorities introduced new sequences of numbers in mid-May 1944. This series, prefaced by the letter A, began with “1” and ended at “20,000.” Once the number 20,000 was reached, […]

Photo-Genealogy /
Nili Goren

  What is Left to Ponder The diversity and variance among the individuals comprising Vardi Kahana’s family are not only the basis for a fascinating documentary journey spanning four generations, three continents, and some fifty families which make up one dynasty and multiple histories; they also open a door to an engaging dialogue with various […]

Eternal Childhood /
Vardi Kahana - exhibition's essay

Although the young people who look out at us from these pictures may appear to be tall, thin or broad, they are actually toddlers. Their souls are still grounded in early childhood. Their bodies will continue to develop through the years, will grow up and grow old, but their minds will remain trapped in an […]

A Banal Photo /
Vardi Kahana - curator's essay for Local Testimony 15

The photo Jon and Alex has granted Mads Nissen, a Danish photographer, erase the Photo of the Year prize in the World Press Photo contest. The text accompanying the photo, reads as follows: “… a gay couple share an intimate moment at Alex’s home… Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is becoming […]

Agents of Truth and Shapers of Memory /
Vardi Kahana - curator's essay for 'Photographic Memory' at the Israel Photo Fest

  In the old world photographers were scientists, members of a guild of experts in the know. The magic and mystery of operating a camera mistakenly endowed it with the sublime attribute of achieving absolute objectivity, of perpetuating truth. Throughout the 20th century press photographers were regarded as agents of this selfsame “truth”, mediating its […]

Point of View /
Vardi Kahana - curator's essay for Local Testimony 14

The summer war of 2014 lasted two and a half months. e media, in all its diverse forms, exposed its viewers and readers to gut-wrenching images: the three mothers praying for the safety of their three abducted sons, three weeks of searching, the communal funeral for the teens, the revenge in the name of which Jews […]

Field of Vision /
Vardi Kahana - exhibition's essay

Field of Vision is an expression commonly used by ophthalmologists and photographers to describe the extent of the area that can be seen from any given angle.  Our ability to see is not uniform throughout the field of vision and likewise with regard to the perception of color and the ability to distinguish shapes and […]

One Family /
Vardi Kahana - exhibition's essay

  This is the story of one family. It is the entire Jewish-Israeli narrative embodied in a single family. This is my family. To the big question of Jewish-Israeli identity, the photographs of my family provide a kaleidoscope of answers. The point of departure for the exhibition is the photograph of my mother, Rivka, and […]

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