The Shtetl is Burning
Photographer Natan Dvir was born in Israel in 1972. He graduated in Computer Science and Economics (BA, Tel Aviv University, 1995), also gaining a Masters in Business Administration (1998), before beginning his photography career shooting for a number of Israeli publications.
Today, he works as a freelance photojournalist, specialising in editorial, documentary and commercial photography. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Focus and Time Out. In 2008 Dvir showed a documentary of his images of the Sudanese Refugees in Israel at the Ramat Gan Museum. His photography prizes include the Overall Winner’s Award in Ben Uri’s IJAYA competition (March 2007) and the 2007 Picture of the Year Award in the Israeli photojournalism competition, “Local Testimony”.Dvir comments, ‘The works are part of a long term project exploring various sides of Human Belief as it is reflected in scenes of conflict and religious nature. The intensity of belief driving people to extreme and sometimes surreal situations is reflected in the confrontations between the Israel security forces and Jewish settlers during the evacuation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank during 2005-6.