Framing the world

Picture perfect: The International and Israeli Photojournalism Exhibition brings 2016 into sharp focus.

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January 5, 2017 16:32
Dafna Meir

The Meir family mourns mother Dafna, who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated their home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel in January 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The media are constantly awash with dramatic images, in both textual and visual form. That is the nature of the beast, as news consumers continue to imbibe ever more arresting portrayals of the world about us. We may not be consciously sensitive to the upping of the thrill ante on a day-to-day basis, but anyone who frequents the annual “Local Testimony” exhibition will be keenly aware of the stark aesthetics and emotions fed to us in print and virtual formats throughout the year.

This year’s display of press pictures, produced by domestic professionals and photojournalists from across the world, is currently up and running at its regular venue of the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Violence and grief seem to draw the eagle eyes of camera slingers of all stripes and, for the fourth year in succession, First Prize on the Israeli side of the competition features a funeral. The domestic winner was taken by Reuters snapper Ronen Zevulun. The frame shows Natan Meir, surrounded by children and other relatives, in a moment of unrestrained mourning. Meir’s wife, Dafna, was murdered by a terrorist who infiltrated the Meirs’ home in the West Bank community of Otniel in January 2016.

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