David RUBINGER, An immigrant from Iraq, employed in the laying of a new water pipe in the hills of Judea. (1950)
Original Photography. Gelatin Silver Print
16 x 20 inch (40 x 50 cm)
Signed and numered by the artist.
Certificate of Authenticity + Biography
Born in Vienna in 1924, David Rubinger emigrated to Israel, then Palestine, in 1939. A chance encounter in Paris left him with the gift of a small 35mm camera, resulting in his decision to try to make a living from photography. After the end of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, he began freelancing for local papers. In 1954 TIME/LIFE published their first two Rubinger photographs. In the 1970’s, Rubinger became a TIME Contract Photographer, a position he holds to this day.
Rubinger witnessed the birth of the nation in 1948 and subsequently lived through ten wars which in most cases he observed from close quarters as a TIME photo-journalist.
In his work Rubinger frequently came into contact with key Israeli leaders and gained their confidence, including: David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, Yitzchak Rabin and Ariel Sharon as well as world leaders such as Presidents Carter and Reagan and Chancellor Bruno Kreisky of Austria.
It was Rubinger who was chosen to accompany many of these leaders on international missions such as Begin’s historic visit to Sadat in Egypt, 1977, to Oslo for Begin’s Nobel Prize and further trips with Shimon Peres, Yitzchak Rabin and Ariel Sharon.
Rubinger was awarded the Israel Prize for his services to the media in 1977. This is the highest accolade that can be received in Israel. He also has a permanent collection of his photographs in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament.
David Rubinger’s singular and perceptive way of viewing the world around him has resulted in an historic archive of immeasurable value for future generations.