David and Me

Event details

  • Sunday | April 16, 2023 to Friday | June 30, 2023
  • All Day
  • 8339 Old York Rd
  • 2158878700


DAVID and ME* – Two Photographers in Israel ~ David Harris and Alvin Gilens
Now – June 30, 2023

David Harris and Alvin Gilens met in Israel in 1965 and bonded instantly over their mutual love
for Israel and for photography. The photographs displayed in this exhibition attest to their friendship and their talent for
capturing the land and its people.

David Harris born in Jerusalem in 1927, photographed his country from before its beginning. He was capturing images when David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. He photographed the great people and the small people, the buildings of the cities and the beauty of the deserts. He was the photographer of the Dead Sea Scrolls excavation and the treasures of Israel’s museums. He was honored with a solo exhibition at Beit Avi Chai as well as by the Israel Museum. He was a photojournalist and an artist.

Alvin Gilens. A Gladwyne resident, Alvin Gilens’ West Coast roots are evident in this conceptual photographer’s strong sense of light and imagery. The drama of black and white is especially suited to his documentary work, eloquent landscapes and intimate portraits. In 1984, Mr. Gilens was honored with a solo exhibition of his Holocaust-related imagery at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, the first American photographer to be exhibited there.