David Rubinger: The photographer, whose photos showed the reality behind the headlines.

‘The Photographs which are left behind”
Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger, who captured the country’s turbulent wars and proud people with an unfailing sense of composition and harmony, has died at the age 92.
His death was announced on Thursday by his children.

David Rubinger next to a building in Ramat Chen, Israel, destroyed during the Gulf war Photograph: Israel images/Alamy Stock Photo

Born in Vienna in 1924 and immigrated to Palestine in 1939. David Rubinger discovered photography while serving in the British army’s Jewish Brigade in the second world war. He was awarded Israel’s highest honour, the Israel Prize, in 1997.

David’s photo of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall holy site became one of the defining images of 1967, six-day war. Clicked with an unflinching eye for poignant, even horrifying detail, his images of Israel showed the chaos and humanity behind the headlines.

Israeli paratroopers minutes after taking the Western Wall on 7 June 1967, during the six-day war. Source

A photojournalist for Time-Life magazine, Rubinger’s portraits span the history of Israel, straight from the intimate photos of Israeli prime ministers and Jewish immigrants to the front lines of Israel’s major wars.

While talking about his most famous photo which was of the paratroopers after Israeli forces captured the Western Wall and East Jerusalem. Rubinger once mentioned that he did not think it was a very good photograph: “Part of the face is cut off on the right side, in the middle the nose protrudes, and on the left, there’s only half a face … photographically speaking, this isn’t a good photo.

Here are few of his best photographs which won him recognition globally.

Courtesy: The Guardian


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