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Sites of Memory

Omri Talmor | Romania & Israel

My father was born in the small village of Bucecea. It is located in Moldavia, a region in the northeastern part of Romania. In 1964, when he was just 12 years old, my father’s family migrated to Israel.

My mother spent her childhood years in the village of Kfar Truman (also known as Truman Village). This village is located in central Israel, 15 km from the city of Tel Aviv.

Ness Ziona is a growing city in central Israel, but back in the 80s it was just a small town where I spent most of my childhood days.

During the course of the last two years I took upon myself a complicated task of tracing my family’s roots. Out of self desperation from the complicated present days and uncertainty of what the future holds, I was eager to find out what has become of the childhood landscapes that we still long for so much after all those years. I can honestly say that going back to those places truly felt like I was finally returning home from a very long journey. 

Short Bio:

I was born in 1980 in Bat-Yam, Israel.
I work and live in Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut and Jerusalem, Israel.
In 2000 I graduated from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel (Bachelor in Logistics and Economics).
Following a career in the logistics field I decided at the age of 27 to take up photography as my primary profession.
In 2013 I graduated from the Department of Photographic Communications at Hadassah College, Jerusalem, Israel.
I exhibited my works in galleries both in Israel and internationally.
My photographs have been featured in national and international art & photography magazines, newspapers and blogs. 

I am a strong believer in the ability of documentary photography to serve not just as a tool which represents the functionality of one structure or another but also as a means of expressing social views and political stance.

My perspective offers the examination of architecture and landscape against the backdrop of social and political conflicts. According to this concept, the architectural design of the environment in which we live is not an act of innocent creativity which is detached from reality but an act affected by more complex processes and motives.

By documenting the landscape I'm acting as a cultural critic of the society in which I live.

Often the criticism is very subtle and implicit, but it can be understood from the story as a whole because the pictures serve both as document and subjective interpretation.




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