Photography by Chaim Bezalel

I took up photography in 1970 as an independent study while I was majoring in film at Northwestern University. I was inspired by the photographers of the Farm Security Administration who, during the 30's went out and recorded an American landscape which was disappearing. I also worked as the school projectionist. I was interested in the films of Andy Warhol, how they transgressed the boundaries of media, for example blurring the line between film and still. I completed several documentary projects before my a year hiatus during which time I worked as a stockbroker. In 1988 I moved to Jerusalem and took up the camera again. A published poster began a publishing career in which I was joined by my wife, Yonnah. Today, much of our collaborative work combines photography with other media. Some photographs become paintings, some get burned into ceramics, but some remain pretty close to the original state of pure photography. This section of our website is arranged in sections. Also there is an essay containing some of my general thoughts on photography, “Mimesis in the Digital Age.”

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PART ONE – GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS

The Northwest

The Southwest

New York

Maui

Israel


France

PART TWO – BLACK & WHITE

A selection of b&w photographs from 1969 to the present

Enlargements from Chaim's book, Songs from the Territories

PART THREE – PANORAMICS

PART FOUR – DOLLS

PART FIVE – PHOTOGRAPHY IN MIXED MEDIA

words & pictures

Storyboards – photographic series with various genres of writing (essay, poetry, children's stories, etc.)



Cityscapes – passing through

photography on clay

Shards

PART SIX – INSTALLATIONS

The Twelve Tribes” a Bezalel-Levy collaboration

My Grandmother's Matchbook Collection