miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012

Michal Chelbin

Some people are confused by her name. Let’s clear that up quickly. Michal Chelbin is a woman. She was born in the Israeli city of Haifa in 1974, became interested photography at age 15 and attended a high school for the arts. After high school she served two years in the military—a mandatory service for all Israeli citizens. She was, not surprisingly, assigned as a photographer to Dover Tzahal, the Israeli Defense Force unit responsible for information policy and media relations. There she gained experience in field photography and discovered she had no passion for pure documentary work.
After her military service, Chelbin worked briefly as a news photographer. She says she “hated every minute of it. I couldn’t photograph people in their grief, crying in hospitals or in courtrooms.” She soon left the field (“I was always late and eventually got fired”) and enrolled in a four year photography program at the WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization) Academy of Design. “It gave me the framework to start working on my own personal projects,” Chelbin has said. She’s been doing that ever since.