Practices of photography on kibbutz: The case of Eliezer Sklarz

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This article explores how socialist egalitarian ideology affected forms of documentation on the kibbutz in Israel, by examining its practices of photography. The study analyzes the work of one photographer, Eliezer Sklarz, and his role and function in the community, focusing on the visual content and style of his work. The article also describes the role of the kibbutz archive in promoting his work and in constructing kibbutz identity through its photographic archive, as a mechanism for creating Zionist kibbutz historiography. The study addresses the conflicted approach of kibbutz society towards photography: promoting documentation through the function of the archive on the one hand, while maintaining a dismissive role towards photography as a highbrow, middle-class practice, on the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-203
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2015

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  • Eliezer Sklarz
  • Kibbutz Beit Alfa
  • Zionism
  • archive
  • ideology
  • kibbutz
  • photography
  • socialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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