Yaakov Israel (b. 1974) is a photographer living in Jerusalem. He mostly works on long-term independent projects, which reflect on the way the religious, social and political affect and create his personal reality. His gaze is constantly investigating the Israeli identity as perceived through architecture, landscape and the country’s diverse population. “As a person who takes an interest in my surroundings, I find that I return again and again to the same places, and these places and their inhabitants have become vital parts of my biography”.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally and has been featured in many Art and photography magazines. Winner of PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos PHE12 Award (2012) and Conscientious portfolio competition (2011). His photographs are part of the Collections of The Knesset, Haifa Museum of Art, The Open Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai, Ashdod Art Museum and Private Collections.
He has published two monographs, The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey (Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2012) and “Legitimacy of Landscape” (Verlag Kettler / The PhotoBook Museum, 2015).
Alongside his artistic practice, Yaakov teaches photography at some of the most prominent art schools and colleges in Israel.