Drora Spitz
Photo: Haim Singer

The photographs of Drora Spitz have gained wide recognition from the incipience of her career as an Israeli photography artist. Since 1972, her art works have been the subject of acclaimed exhibitions at museums and galleries in Israel, the U.S., Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.In the years 1978-2004, Drora Spitz acted as the director of the Department of Photography at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, where she also taught photography. She has had a most significant personal impact on the culture of architectural photography in Israel, where she is widely perceived as a creative experimentalist in the field of artistic photography. About twenty years ago, Drora made her first acquaintance with the Japanese Butoh dance and fell in love with it. "Butoh dance stimulates me more than any other form of art", she declared. In Drora's case, this feeling of elation was followed by the production of a series of dance photographs, in which an abstract

dimension of spiritual quality is expressed through physical body motion. Later on, Drora made a trip to Japan, to visit the Zen, stone and gravel gardens, where she was greatly impressed by the "vital force" which – as she likes to describe it – "emanates from the sculptured rocks in Kyoto". Back in Israel, Drora went on to explore the subject of deeply-enrooted Israeli essentiality. This resulted in the creation of a series of photographs dwelling on the dimension of depth, on the energetic bond of Man and Nature. In her recent works, Drora Spitz has been experimenting with combinations of layers, shades, abstract motion and shifting perspectives, in a mood of mental intoxication. The photographs from the series titled Paper Landscapes are taken apart, then reconstructed, digitally "hand-drawn" in bold colors, and reproduced in multiple images. Elements of stillness blend with.

From Light in the mirror of Time, Irit Levin, Curator