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Micha Bar-Am

 

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Micha Bar-Am was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. Bar-Am and his family moved to Israel in 1936. He was active in the pre-state underground while he worked at Haifa Port and in 1948 was drafted as a result of the Jewish-Arab Conflict turning into an all out war. In 1949 he co-founded the Kibbutz Malkiya in the Galilee and went on to become a member of the Kibbutz Gesher-Hziv. I the early 1950's he started to document life on the kibbutz using borrowed cameras and took part in archeological expeditions in the Judean Desert in search for ancient Dead Sea scrolls. After the 1956 Sinai Campaign, Bar-Am published his first book titled "Across Sinai" and was offered to join the editorial staff of Bamachane as a photographer and writer. In 1968 he was invited to be a part of Magnum and worked as the Contracted Missle East photographic correspondent for the New York Times until 1992. In 2000 Micha was awarded with The Israel Prize for Visual Arts "for his lifelong recording of the social and cultural scene in Israel and its ongoing conflicts with a critical eye and indelible style".
 
 
 
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