04/01/2016 10:45 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Photographer Ziv Koren “Writing with Light”

47 black and white photographs displayed at an exhibition themed “Writing with Light” by Ziv Koren, one of Israel’s most highly regarded photographers, introduce Vietnamese viewers to various aspects of the lives of people in Israel as well as in many other countries.
Ziv Koren is a talented photographer whose works are popular not only in Israel but throughout other parts of the world as well. At this exhibition, the photographer displays his works captured during his 10 years travelling to different locations, such as the Danakil Desert (Ethiopia), Haiti, Milan (Italy), Koh Samui (Thailand) and Yaroslav Oblast (Russia). 

Photographer Ziv Koren delivers a presentation at the meeting with Vietnamese photographers.
Photo: Trinh Bo/VNP

He shares experience of taking photos in many places worldwide. Photo: Trinh Bo/VNP

Visitors to the exhibition of Ziv Koren. Photo: Trinh Bo/VNP

47 photos themed “Writing with Light” are showcased in Hanoi. Photo: Trinh Bo/VNP

All of his photos reflect his internal world and unique worldview through light in all its varied forms: sunlight, fog, nighttime shadows, the penetrating ray, the illuminated city, the street light and the dark alley, and especially the human being as he appears in the light, in the shade, and in the space connecting them.

The exhibition leaves strong impressions on viewers by the image of religious followers praying, a child’s glint and a soldier when facing the death, the image of 56 year-old Patricia raising six orphaned grandchildren whose parents died of AIDS and  three of them are HIV infected, the image of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a portrait of an HIV infected child in South Africa and an Indian girl in holy water in Sangam.

Having worked as a professional photojournalist for over 20 years, Ziv Koren has been  the subject of many exhibitions and awards, such as the “Yann Geffroy” and  “Photo District News Award” three times and the “Internal Colour Award”  twice.

This exhibition not only opens up a new space for Vietnam and Israel to promote exchanges in photography but also contributes to boosting cultural co-operation between the two nations and enhancing mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Some of Ziv Koren’s work:

The Memorial to 1.1 million murdered Jews in World War II at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Israeli take part in the mass water war held annually at Rabin Square.

An Israeli boy looks at toys at the Slat Abn Shaif Synagogue Festival of the Jewish community in Libya.

An Israeli firefighter tries to put out a fire in north Israel in July 2006. 

Hundreds of monks attend a regular ceremony held in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Seven year-old  Sthembek Siyaya, whose parents died of AIDS, has been HIV infected since he was born.

An Indian girl dries herself after soaking in holy water during the Kumbh Mela Festival.

Women gather at a square for Falash Mura.

During the Puja Festival, Hindus give offerings to saints and release lanterns on the Ganges River.

People light candles during the ceremony of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.

During the Kumbh Mela Festival, the Hindus perform the rite of christening in Sangam.

Haitian children at the wreckage of a church destroyed by a violent earthquake a year before. 

A child with white painted face from Karo tribe residing along Omo River in south Ethiopia.

56 year-old Patricia raises six orphaned grandchildren whose parents died of AIDS and  three of them are HIV infected.

Ziv Koren works as a photojournalist for the Sygma, Gamma and Polaris Images (Israel). His photos have been published in famous magazines, namely Time Magazine, Newsweek, the Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, Le Figaro Corriere, Della Sera Magazine and are displayed at many famous Museums in the world.

Story: Bich van - Photos: Ziv Koren & Trinh Van Bo