March 2, 2020 will mark the third anniversary of the death of David Rubinger. Born in Vienna in 1924, he emigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1939 and developed a passion for photography while serving in the British Army’s Jewish Brigade. After fighting in Israel’s War of Independence he became a professional news photographer, reporting on all Israel’s wars from the front line. He was a correspondent for Time-Life magazine for 60 years. Shimon Peres called Rubinger, “the photographer of the nation in the making” and in 1997 he was the first photographer to win the prestigious Israel Prize acknowledging his services to the media.I met David for the first time more than 30 years ago. My husband had been to see David’s exhibition, Witness to an Era, in Jerusalem and urged me to see it. Once I did, I realized it was special. I was then director of the British Israel Arts Foundation, established to promote cultural exchange between Britain and Israel. This exhibition was perfect for furthering our objectives so, to celebrate Israel’s 40th anniversary, we shipped it to London, where it featured in a major event at Alexandra Palace. I remember David as something of a prima donna, or, perhaps, more kindly, a perfectionist. I have never worked as hard as I did that week, so maybe I was less than responsive to his various demands.Over the years we kept in touch, but were brought together in 2004 as a result of a tragedy when his companion was murdered by her gardener. David found the body. It was in all the press. I immediately called to offer condolences and visited him. He showed me his new work that focused on Israel’s political leaders and invited me to curate an exhibition for him. Of course I agreed, realizing how important it was for David (then aged 80) to keep busy and recover from what had happened.