Tim Gidal Collection

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem announced that it has acquired the collection of Tim Gidal (1909-1996), whose work has become an integral part of the history and heritage of modern photography. The collection includes over 14,000 prints, all of Gidal's transparencies, contact sheets, tear sheets, and most of his reportage and original newspapers featuring his work. The collection serves as an invaluable social and historical record of the events that have shaped human history in the 20th century.

Tim Gidal belonged to the small fraternity of pioneering photographers whose work changed the face of modern photojournalism. Gidal's career took him to every continent, where he documented major events in everyday life in Israel, Poland, Germany, Italy, India, Ghana, Burma, China, and the U.S. His work reflects a particular interest in Jewish heritage and values and is apparent in his early documentary work of the 1930s, when he visited Poland and recorded images of local Jewish communities there. From the Jewish-Arab conflict in Palestine to the All India Congress, he used his camera to capture the pivotal moments in modern political history. For more information, contact Orit Arfa, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02) 670.8935, oritar@imj.org.il.

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