Beno Rothenberg

Photographed and Reported, 1947-1957


The exhibit displays for the first time a fascinating collection of 300 of Rotheberg’s photographs, taken between 1947 and 1957. The photographs depict the 1948 War of Independence, among them the bombing of Tel Aviv’s central bus station, the conquest of Arab villages, routine life in Tel Aviv during the war, the Luna Park in Jaffa, the arrival of new immigrants at the Haifa port, Operation Magic Carpet (the immigration of Jews from Yemen), life in the maabarot (temporary communities for the new arrivals) and the new immigrant camps throughout the country, daily life in Jerusalem, as well as photographs of landscapes and archeological excavations.
Beno Rothenberg, writes the researcher Dr. Ruth Oren in her article in this book, “contributed a great deal to the creation of Israeli iconography throughout the years of his activity, both in his work as an independent photographer and as the author of his own photography books, and editor of photography books on the major national issues.”

Rothenberg came to Palestine from Germany in 1933, when he was 19 years old. Three years later he enlisted in the Haganah and later in the British Army. He took photos of significant moments in the War of Independence, such as Operation Yoav, Operation Danny, etc. In 1949 he was a press photographer and edited photography books. Concurrently, his professional and academic development led him to a career as an archaeologist and researcher. Until he began to work exclusively in archaeology, he followed most of the events that became definitive Israeli moments in the first decade of the state with his camera.


Curator: Gali Gur-Zeev
Opens: June 25

Closes: October 24, 2007