Aryeh Yaakobi, photographs
Aryeh Yaakobi was born in New York in 1919. In his youth he was a member of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and together with other members of the movement underwent agricultural training on a farm as preparation for his immigration to Israel and joining Kibbutz Hatzor. In 1941 he enlisted in the US Air Force as an aerial photographer and was posted with his unit to England from where the squadrons took off to bomb occupied Europe.
In 1946, after the end of World War Two, he immigrated to Israel. On his arrival he approached the Hadassah Organization with a proposal to photograph a series in the youth villages and the Mother and Child institutions for new immigrants that the organization had founded in Israel.
After the State of Israel was established Yaakobi established and managed the Israeli Air Force photography laboratories.
This exhibition presents a selection of photographs from youth institutions, among them WIZO Nahalal, the Meshek Hapoalot [the women workers' farm] in Afula, the Meir Shfeya Youth Village, Irgun Imahot Ovdot [Working Mothers' Organization] in Haifa, and so on.
With his camera Yaakobi also immortalized workers at their labor, political events and the early days of Israel's air force.
Curator: Kineret Palti
Closes October 30, 2009