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merom3The above post title is also the title of one of my favorite photo books, The Dew. The author, the Israeli photographer Peter Merom, winner of the  prestigious 2010 Israel Prize, edited and photographed a number of books over the years.

The most famous one is The Death of a Lake published in 1960, it chronicles the story of the draining of Lake Huleh in Galilee. The photography experts and authors Parr and Badger consider it “one of the first environmental books” (Vol. II pp 100-01).

The Dew has two boards and eight panels in leporello style (accordion style), and as such has sixteen photos plus one on the cover (front and back cover are the same). On one side there is Hebrew text, the other side has no text.

merom2 The cover board has an English/French subtitle Impressions in Black and White, Impressions en Noir et Blanc. Printed in the 1960’s by the Davar Press, the photos are probably from the first book or taken over the course of the draining of the lake.

Several years ago Nira Itzhaki’s Gallery, the Chelouche Gallery had a Merom related exhibition where I found the following annotation:

 “7. Merom felt that in The Death of the Lake he succeeded in capturing “pure nature […] an un-staged, non-artificial abstract combined with a composition of nature. […] I reached purity and perfection, for what else can one strive?” In: “Elegy of a Metal Cupboard: Guy Raz Interviews Peter Merom,” Studio Art Magazine 113 (May 2000), special issue: On the History of Local Israeli Photography, guest editor: Guy Raz, p. 77 [Hebrew].”

Looking at this unpretentious “ fold out“, in the style of the once popular mini postcard album, you automatically sense that this photographer spoke the truth.