PHOTO IS:RAEL is an organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of photography in Israel and abroad. For us photography is a language. It is the language in which we speak, communicate, and argue, the language with which we volunteer and initiate dozens of community outreach programs throughout the year.
Our year-round activity includes: workshops for professional and amateur photographers as well as for the general public; events promoting artistic and social discourse through the language of photography; volunteer work through various non-profit organizations; educational projects for younger and older students; trips to international photography events; photography competitions; and – the pinnacle of our year – the International Photography Festival. Launched in 2009, this annual festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The various events and activities initiated by PHOTO IS:RAEL uphold the values that stand before us at all times – innovation in photography, extensive community outreach and the forging of international bridges through the language of photography.
PHOTO IS:RAEL has been operating since 2012 as a non-profit public benefit company (PBC).
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The Meitar Fund
The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund sponsors a wide range of bodies and activities pertaining to education and culture in Israel and overseas. The Fund was established by Zvi Meitar in 2004 with the aim of supporting young people outstanding in their field and promoting selected projects. While the headline “Education and Culture” is wide-ranging, the people and projects we have chosen to support so far, as indicated by our website, create a colorful and varied mosaic.
The Meitar Collection is a private archive that preserves and catalogs photographs in order to present and place them at the disposal of museums, publications, and producers.The archive was established by Zvi Meitar, who began to collect photographs prompted by his interest in the history of the Land of Israel and it contains more than 150,000 negatives. Photographers from the archive include Boris Carmi, Beno Rothenberg, and Moshe Levine.