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Photo: Moti Milrod, Haaretz | Local Testimony 2023

In preparation for the opening of the Local Testimony Exhibitions
Dear photographers,

Local Testimony 2023

The exhibition Local Testimony 2023 will open as planned on the evening of December 5, 2023, with a low-key opening event, and will be on show for two months until February 3, 2024. See below for the list of photographers whose works were chosen to appear in the exhibition by the jury and curator Anat Saragusti.

Twenty Years of Testimony

Local Testimony, founded in 2003, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year with an exhibition to be displayed in a special gallery in parallel with Local Testimony 2023. The exhibition is curated by Vardi Kahana and Ami Steinitz in cooperation with Dana Wohlfeiler Lalkin, as a video installation created by the artist Ran Slavin.

The October 7 War

The war broke out a month after we finished making the selection from the photos submitted for Local Testimony 2023. In consequence we applied to photographers with journalists’ cards whose work had appeared in the last four years of Local Testimony and invited them to submit documentation from the duration of the war, from the conflict zone or the home front. The photos selected by the Local Testimony board will be exhibited as a war journal on a special video screen as part of the Local Testimony 2023 exhibition.

The video opens with a sequence showing the penetration by terrorists on hang-gliders documented by Roee Idan before he was murdered in the horrific massacre perpetrated by terrorists in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

The Union of Journalists in Israel has initiated a special commemoration prize to honor his memory.


World Press Photo

Due to transportation difficulties during the war, the World Press Photo exhibition will not be mounted this year.

Jury – Local Testimony 2023

Maya Anner, curator and researcher in the field of photography

Oded Balilty, photojournalist and director of the photography department of the AP news agency in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Eddie Gerald, documentary photographer and lecturer at the Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Ilan Itzhayek, journalist and editor in the Yedioth Ahronot Group and head of the journalism track at Sapir Academic College

Menahem Kahana, photojournalist at the AFP news agency

Vardi Kahana, photographer, curator, and Local Testimony board member

Guy Raz, photography curator, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Anat Saragusti, journalist, photographer, documentarian and curator of Local Testimony 2023

Osnat Trabelsi, producer and documentarian

Photographers - Local Testimony 2023

Jonathan Alk | Fadi Amun | Tomer Appelbaum | Eli Atias | Jacob Bahar | Rabia Basha | Gilad Ben Shats | Jonathan Bloom | Michel Braunstein | Itay Cohen | Yuval Daniel| Alex Farfuri | Sagit Fridman-Hallel | Asaf Friedman | Ahmad Gharabli | Kobi Gideon | Tal Givony | Chaim Goldberg | Yael Guisky Abas | Nir Keidar | Ilan Lorenzi | Felix Lupa | Einat Maor | Moti Milrod | Oz Moalem | Tomer Neuberg | Gitai Palti | Hadas Parush | Lior Patel | Guy Prives | Tali Ratzker | Itai Raziel | Avi Roccah | Ariel Schalit | Tal Shahar | Ben Shani | Tom Shlesinger | Uriel Sinai | Yonatan Sindel | Naama Stern | Abir Sultan | Eric Sultan | Doron Talmi | Amir Terkel | Gilad Topaz | Shir Torem | Yehuda Weinberg | Kobi Wolf | Ilia Yefimovich | Oren Ziv | Ronen Zvulun | Ohad Zwigenberg

Photographers - The October 7 War

Avi Roccah | Abir Sultan | Amir Levy | Ariel Schalit | Chaim Goldberg | Dor Pazuelo | Dov Gazit | Eli Atias | Fadi Amun | Hadas Parush | Ilan Lorenzi | Ilia Yefimovich | Itai Ron | Itay Cohen | Jonathan Bloom | Kobi Wolf | Miriam Alster | Moti Milrod | Nimrod Gluckman | Ohad Zwigenberg | Oren Ben Hakoon | Oren Ziv | Rabia Basha | Rami Shlush | Rina Castelnuovo | Roee Idan RIP | Shir Torem | Tomer Appelbaum | Tomer Neuberg | Tsafrir Abayov | Yossi Zeliger | Yuval Chen | Yuval Daniel | Ziv Koren

Our thanks to the dedicated jury and the many photographers who submitted work.

We will keep you updated with newsletters and on our Facebook page concerning various events to be held during the exhibition.


Yours sincerely,


Dana Wohlfeiler Lalkin
Founder and curatorial director
and the members of the Local Testimony board.

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