Margot Meier-Sadeh, 1910-1951


Margot Meier-Sadeh was born in Germany in 1910, to a middle-class, assimilated Jewish family. With the rise of the Nazi party in the early 1930's, the family moved to the town of Ascona, on the Swiss coast of Lago Maggiore. It was there that Margot began taking photos for the local press and for various publishing houses. At that time, she also became active in the Jewish underground under the leadership of Enzo Sereni.

In 1936, Meier-Sadeh immigrated to Israel and settled in kibbutz Givat Brenner. Four years later she moved to Tel Aviv, and set up a photography laboratory in her home on Sderot Rothschild, where she developed and printed photos. In 1942, she joined the British Army and was posted in the North African Western Desert and Egypt as an ambulance driver. It was there, in the El-Alamein area, that she met her future husband, Yitzhak Sadeh. Their only child, Yoram Sadeh, was born in 1944 in kibbutz Na'an.

In 1947, Meier-Sadeh participated in setting up the Haganah mapping and photography services unit, which was in charge of preparing aerial photos and other materials for operational files, and documenting noteworthy events. Among the unit's first photographers were Boris Carmi and Beno Rothenberg. In 1949, Meier-Sadeh moved with her famiy to Jaffa, where she set up a small photography laboratory. Most of the photos taken at that time show her family in the yard of their house and on the nearby beach.

The photos of Margot Meier-Sadeh are characterized by unusual compositions that reveal her free creative spirit and her mastery of light.


Curator: Kineret Palti