The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at JCC Manhattan in New York will celebrate Israel’s sixty-eighth anniversary with a solo exhibition of the work of Israeli photographer Nino Herman (see “Focus on the Heart,” ERETZ 139-140). The exhibition, which will open on Israeli Independence Day, May 15, 2016, and be on display until the end of July, will present a variety of images of Israel that differ from those usually shown outside of Israel. It will feature a wide range of topics and photographic styles, showing Herman’s journey from a senior photojournalist covering key events in Israel’s history to an artist who draws inspiration from the colorful streets of south Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood. What stands out in all the works is Herman’s talent for capturing the spirit of the people he is photographing, from presidents and prime ministers to activists and laborers.
The exhibition strives to present the human face of Israel, a face which is frequently pushed aside by dramatic security and political events. It is based on “Papers of a Photographer,” a unique retrospective for Herman that was exhibited at the art gallery at Kibbutz Na’an in May 2014.