1-22: Ayelet Hashahar Cohen, The Naggar School of Photography, Jerusalem

I cut from the photographic archive the gazes of subjects who have forged a profound relationship with me without our being acquainted previously. They penetrated my shell, and connected to my life story. I feel that I know their story just as well. People look at you.

They arrive from different places and different times. They are photographed in different circumstances.
The photographers who take their pictures ask them to express something; to look straight ahead; to be someone.
They are asked to exert themselves at being themselves, or make no effort at all.

I want to make these gazes encounter random viewers.
I have always been troubled by the subjects' submitting to the photographer, as well as to the viewer's gaze.
The sequence of numbered images is charged. The contexts accumulate.

-Ayelet Hashahar Cohen


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