Gelatin silver print, 50 cm x 40 cm, Private Collection
The photographer captured an old man wearing a talith and tfillin at Lag Ba’Omer. Talith is a fringed garment that Jews traditionally cover when they pray. This garment makes it possible to be shut off from the outside during prayer and to concentrate only on God through deep prayer. Tfillin is an object of worship. They consist of two small cubic boxes attached to the arm and head by leather straps. Lag Ba’Omer is a Jewish festival of the rabbinic institution.
David RUBINGER (1924-2017) was an Israeli photojournalist and photographer. Of Austrian origin, he fled Nazism in 1939 and took refuge in Palestine, then under British mandate. During a vacation in Paris, his French girlfriend of the time offered him a camera. Photography pleased him, David RUBINGER decided to make it his job. Witness of the birth of Israel State in 1948, his photos captured many events, armed conflicts, as well as Israelis everyday life. David RUBINGER put his lens on numerous subjects, making his work a monumental archives collection. He shot some of the most famous photojournalistic photography of the 20th century.