Drora Spitz
Photographer
Drora Spitz

LIGHT SPACE TIME

The book: LIGHT SPACE TIME Drora Spitz, Photographs 1968-2009 comprises five chapters, arranged chronologically, and showcases selected samples of the last forty years of my work as a photographer in Israel.
Three of the five chapters are dedicated to photographs of the landscape. The first chapter follows the Sinai Desert, its primordial scenes, fantastic land formations and diverse population. Photographed during the 1960s and 1970s, the works convey our endless fascination with the desert. These photographs were presented in a solo exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in 1972. Another chapter that focuses on the land is dedicated to the late Israeli sculptor Itzhak Danziger (1926-1977). I have followed Danziger closely throughout his travels in Israel during the 1960s and 1970s, and documented his conceptual experiments with the landscape, works that have been closely related to the formulation of the Israeli sense of "place." Some photographs follow Danziger, and others are inspired by his multi-faceted (land-art) creations. Altogether they provide a testimony not only to his genius, but also to a very fertile period in Israeli art. The third chapter relating to the Israeli landscape is the last chapter of the book, and represents a change in my work – a shift from analog to digital photography, and a shift towards abstraction in my art. These photographs (2004-2009) depart from Caesarea, the ancient Roman city, its underwater remains and reconstructed structures. The photographs flow between water and sky, past and present, reality and imagination.
Two other chapters present additional facets of Israeli culture. One chapter follows a Bible that has passed through generations in my family for 300 years. A solo exhibit of these photographs took place at The Artists' House, Tel Aviv, in 2010.
A fifth chapter presents an ongoing concern of mine – to seize movement on film. Photographing dance has presented for me a great challenge – a meeting point between the camera and the moving body.
The five chapters are introduced by art historians, curators and thinkers: Prof. Mordechai Omer, Tel-Aviv Museum Director; Aïta Katéby, Spiritual Thinker and Writer; Varda Steinlauf, Curator and Art Historian; Muki Tsur, Philosopher and Historian; Liora Bing-Heideker, Poet and Dance Teacher; and Irit Levin, Art Consultant and Curator. In their essays they grasp the cultural value of the photographs: an enduring sense of attachment to the landscape and to material artifacts, as well as a changing vision, fleeting and pattern-seeking. During the 70’s, while undertaking complicated lab experiments, I invented processes in the lab that preempted digitalization; later in my career, digital technology aided me in interpreting reality in new, conceptual ways. I believe that, while reflecting my personal artistic trajectory, my book could also serve as a testament to one's own contemporary relation to our (Israeli) culture, including a shared sense place and space and a relationship to one's own traditional and cultural artifacts.

The book launch and signing will take place at The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery & Michael Kikoine Foundation, Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv On: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 7 p.m.

The book is available for sale at the museum stores of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Haifa Museum of Art; the Tel-Hai Open Photography Museum; as well as in “Yudan” bookstores in Haifa and Zichron Yaacov;
and by internet order from: shaul[shaul@plancon.co.il]
Cost: 195 NIS, including VAT and shipping (in Israel).