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This hardbound linen book, with a dust jacket featuring reality in a photograph by David Perlmutter, is simply titled Israel/The Reality , and was edited by photojournalist Cornell Capa. The size is 9 inch by 12 inches. It was published  in 1969 on the occasion of a photo exhibition held at the Jewish Museum in New York.

The book assembled work from 42 photographers, well acquainted with the country through either living there permanently, or having visited Israel on different trips.

img829img814The 180 photos combine older images from the very early fifties and later ones taken over a twenty year period. It offers the opportunity to see common people engaged in daily life. It also has documentary evidence of the great work done by a small group of people living in the only Democracy in the Middle East.

The Photographs, many are full page or double spread photos, and document religion and people, like the one below.


Shown below are those people with worn out faces in 1952 eking out a living at a Tel Aviv outdoor market or the artisan repairing shoes and selling used ones as well.



The book features the Israeli landscape and the impact men positively and negatively had on their surroundings, negatively as shown and documented in the case of the lake photography by Peter Merom (below), a photographer who was also covered in a previous post.

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The positive effects on their surroundings included providing food for their own people, as well as, exporting food to many in the Western world.


Some of the photographs, like the wonderful cover (top of post), reflect the harsh existence in the late sixties, just two years after the 1967 War during which Israel fought off an army of 6 Arab nations.

img827img826The book is not about politics at all. It offers an opportunity to understand and acquaint ourselves again, many, many years later through 6 color photographs and 180 black and white images the enormous willpower to forge a nation from different cultures on a small strip of what was then relatively inhabitable land.

Posted below, the short bios of the 42 photographers, some famous and others less so whose work is shown throughout the book.