Israel Photo Festival
Leendert van der Meer (NL)
Sasha Zacks (IS)
Sasha Zacks is an emblematic photographer of Tel Aviv, has started his photographic experiments in Moscow. Growing from portrait photographer to the conceptual artist depicting the streets character and human behavior. Zack’s works are exploring the human personality and character that he transcends into photography. The individuality of each work marked by the human activity and delicate moment has shaped the mood of Sasha’s photography.
He explores the human influence on the surrounding. That can be Tel Aviv bus station, abandoned houses or the European cities or portraits of the encounters at the streets, in each of his work he penetrates the essence of the place, exploring it with his camera and let the viewer judge the result.
Leendert van der Meer
With his work, Leendert exploits the potential use of the photographic image and camera, but also in his role as a photographer. He investigates to which extent images, cameras and other photographic equipment manipulate reality. The foundation of the work is intuitive; van der Meer uses the camera only as a tool to play within reality. Nevertheless, he always ends up with a constructed plan and image. With these ‘constructions’, he tries to get grip on his earlier discoveries.
Leendert shares the findings mainly by (photographic) interventions and performances. He replaces a broken window with a printed image, manipulates pedestrian flow with multiple cameras and experimenters, command people by using the camera and secure his window with a monopod. By doing this, the visual world merges together with reality and constantly influence each other.