Dalia Amotz
Israeli, 1938–1994
Gelatin silver print
43 x 43.5 cm

Purchase, Dorothy Bohm Fund, London
© Einam Amotz, Courtesy Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv
Accession number: B95.0077

From the early 1970s until her untimely death in 1994, Dalia Amotz was one of the leading figures in Israeli photography and part of a new generation of artists who brought drastic changes to the field. Born and raised close to nature in the rural environment of the kibbutz, she created images that reflect an unconditional emotional bond and deep attachment to the land she meticulously observed through her camera.

Her work is a survey of the transformation of the Israeli landscape through light. Her particular sensibility was complemented by her devotion to nature and to the environment, which she regarded as encompassing all of nature's seminal forms. Once she had selected her view, she allowed natural light to do its work by intentionally shooting into the sun, which scorched large parts of the negative. The final image was the result of the unexpected effects of the light's refraction in the lens. While her photographs always convey an uncanny atmosphere created by the blending of the play of light with a primeval and basic perception of nature, Amotz always resisted claims of mysticism in her images. On the other hand, she never denied the influence of Israeli draftsmen such as Aviva Uri on her work, which does exhibit drawinglike qualities.

Amotz's legacy is a major monument in the development of contemporary Israeli photography.

Publications: The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005, Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

Exhibitions: Camera Sacra: Capturing the Soul of Nature, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 21/04/2005 - 03/12/2005