Legendary Israeli photographer David Rubinger passes away at 92

Internationally recognized Israeli photographer David Rubinger passed away this morning at the age of 92. Rubinger was awarded the Israel Prize in communications in 1997 for his work. “David preserved in his photographs the history as it will be engraved in us always,” stated Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
David Rubinger Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Famous Israeli photographer David Rubinger, who won the Israel Prize in communications in 1997, passed away this morning (Thursday) at the age of 92. Rubinger made a lasting impression on press photography in Israel and in the world of art. His collection of internationally acclaimed photographs includes the photograph of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall after the Six Day War and the picture of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sleeping on a plane.

Rubinger, who was born in 1924, was a photojournalist for Time-Life magazine for almost 60 years. Rubinger photography career began before Israel was established and he was able to become a close friend of Israel’s first generation of leaders: Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres.

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David Rubinger Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin eulogized Rubinger: “David preserved in his photographs the history as it will be engraved in us always. We will continue to feel his work from the eyes of the paratroopers who are gazing at the Kotel and the fully expressed facial features of Israeli leaders that he captured during the difficult times in our lives. I will continue to carry the special memory of him armed with his ancient and loyal camera with me.”

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated: “David Rubinger photographed events and people from the beginning of the state. He photographed me with his Leica camera. His photographs reflect his true spirit and selective Zionist eye.”

Photo Credit: David Rubinger/Government Press Office/Channel 2 News


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