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"…this is a marvelous volume to pick up, examine the faces in these singular photos, read the stories that accompany them and appreciate the special combination of art and journalism that produced these images." — Chicago Jewish Star

"The book is full of personal anecdotes intertwined with historical events, which for many Israelis were defined by Rubinger's photos. In order to tell us about his life, Rubinger opens both his photo archive and his heart." — The Jerusalem Post

"Rubinger has an easy style, recounting each story in his book with a genuine sense of humility and often astonishment—both at what he was able to experience and at his luck for having been able to experience it." — The Jewish Week

"Israel through My Lens…will give readers an insight into the man who made a million split-second decisions regarding the angle and the light in which to view history." — The Forward

"The text deftly interweaves Rubinger's compelling personal story with his views on Israeli leaders and his recollections of the stories behind the photographs. This is a very interesting account of his life and the life of his nation." — Booklist

"…the definitive record of the 60 years since Israel's independence." — TIME Europe

A selection of the Hadassah Israel at 60 Book Club

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Today, photojournalist David Rubinger stands at the peak of his profession: a winner of the Israel Prize for services to the media and a fixture on the masthead of Time, he is the only photographer whose work is on permanent display at the Knesset, Israel's legislature. In this fascinating volume, he reports his own story, which in many ways reflects the history of Israel that he has recorded so faithfully with his camera. Born in Vienna in 1924, he emigrated to British Palestine in 1939 and developed a passion for photography while serving in the British army's Jewish Brigade. After fighting in Israel's War of Independence, he became a professional news photographer, reporting on each of his young nation's subsequent wars from the front lines, at first for the Israeli media and later as a correspondent for Time-Life. He photographed all of Israel's leaders, many of whom have allowed him a remarkable degree of access to their lives; Ariel Sharon said, "I trust Rubinger even though I know he doesn't vote for me." But Rubinger has not confined his reporting to war and politics; by photographing the successive waves of Jewish immigrants from Europe, the Arab world, Russia, and Ethiopia, he has also created a valuable record of Israel's transformation from a country of six hundred thousand to one of seven million.

In recounting his eventful career, Rubinger proves himself a gifted raconteur, sharing anecdotes of the many leading personalities he has photographed and telling the stories behind his most famous pictures, many of which are reproduced here at fullpage size. Also illustrated are a selection of Rubinger's never-before-published personal photographs, which provide vivid behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fast-paced and sometimes daring work of a photojournalist. Both a personal account of one man's life with the camera and a visual document of the birth of a nation, Israel through My Lens is an essential book for anyone with an interest in Israeli history or the art of photojournalism.

130 illustrations, 43 in full color.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789209284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789209283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a photographer, I loved this book. As good as the photographs are, the writing is even better. Great stories about working as a Time photographer in the Mid East, growing up in Europe during WWII, and wonderful vignettes about Israeli leaders. Highly recommended.
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I am an advanced amateur photographer who has been photographing for almost fifty years. On reading "Israel Through My Lens" there is an immediate connection between Mr. Rubingers experiences and those of any serious photographer/photojournalist. Through his remembrances the reader not only relives the history of Israel and the Middle East in the 20th century but also the very simple joy of being a photographer, getting the good shot. This is a simple story of his life and his relationships that have led to a brilliant career as a photojournalist. I enjoyed the book because I am able to feel his excitement in getting the picture. Rubinger is not a 'god' of photography, he is simply a talented photographer who clearly describes for the rest of us the fun and excitement of photography and photojournalism. All this while telling a wonderful personal story and national history.
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David Rubinger has laid it out as he saw it and lived it. This is a VERY personal book with little if anything held back. From his youth to the present, Rubinger gives a verbal as well as photographic picture of himself and the Sate of Israel growing up, maturing and "getting on". From his time in the British army to the horrific death of a woman he cared for deeply, this book tells it all. It is easy reading yet compelling. I was carried into a very personal environment and felt as if I were at each event, meeting each person, taking part in each "adventure". David Rubinger's life appears to be a string of wonderful and not-so-wonderful experiences. And you are right there. The country comes alive through the eyes and life of this exceptional man. I have read it twice and have given it as gifts to friends. Oh, yes, I highly recommend this book!!
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Since I have always loved his famous photo of the 3 soldiers crying at the liberation of the Western Wall, I was curious to read this book. What an interesting man. Rubinger seems to have lived a dozen lifetimes and his stories of the history of Israel and the war are really amazing. My only wish is that the photographs featured in the book were printed larger.
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We bought this book, filled with amazing photos of Israel, for a Wedding gift. The couple, one of whom is a photographer, loved it!
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