Who are we?
We are a group of people who have been working hard these past five years, voluntarily and with the intent to act for a better society through the language of photography. We believe in the ability of the language of photography which we all use daily. To document and to encourage an engaging conversation, which ranges between the real and the abstract, enable communication amongst people, bring them together, and share other people’s experiences as if they were our own. The moment becomes tangible, rather than fleet away. Visually makes something immediate and accessible out of our beautiful or ugly, pleasant or cruel reality. We bring you these ideas as part of the e 4th International Photography Festival, whose central theme is ‘Safe Haven’.
An essential part of our activities is volunteering. From Ofakim in the south to Haifa in the north, a wonderful group of volunteers work with a variety of organizations and associations, and in communities of disabled people, at-risk youth, people with special needs, and disadvantaged communities. We do not teach photography. Our volunteers invite the participants to take pictures. Sometimes the volunteer would hold the camera and point it according to directions from the photographer, and sometimes we make life albums for homeless children so that future adopting families would be able to see a part of the adopted child’s history. The sense of fulfilment is enormous, and the results are great. Our vision is evident every day, tangible and real. Among the many exhibitions, performances, and works by well-known photographers as well as young ones, we provide a stage for those whose voices are not heard, those we don’t see, and, for the most part, those we are not interested in. PhotoVoice offers a forum for exposure, for raising awareness to the abilities of the ‘others’, and to their needs. These are moving exhibitions of work by people whom we do not meet on a regular basis, but they have their wishes, ambitions, a unique point-of-view, hobbies, loves, feelings of happiness and sadness.
I am sure you will enjoy the festival, its many exciting shows, and the works presented here, many of which have been produced especially for this celebration of photography and humanity.
Chairman, Platforma LLC, CEO of the International Photography Festival.
Chairman and CEO – Itzhak Goren
Founders – Eldad Rafaeli, Eyal Landesman
Artistic Director – Eyal Landesman
Artistic Producer – Naama Klaiman
Chief Producer – Avi Farhi, Momentum Productions
International Content Manager – Daniel Tchetchik
Deputy CEO and Head of the Friends Club – Hadar Minzly
Volunteer Coordinators– Carmella Keet, Dr. Rivka Hillel Lavian and Rami Savir
Graphic Design – Michal Shapira
Space and Concept Design – Ohad Benit
Public Relations – Amalia Eyal, Eleanor Glickman
Translation and Proofreading –Safra Nimrod
Text Editor – Rotem Kislev
Dr. Noam Gal
Rea Ben David
Members of the Board and Steering Committee
Dalia Johananoff Kenneth
Naftali (Tali) Idan
Yair Rothman and Amir Neuman Ahuvia