Ofir Berman

Photographer
   
Children of Mea Shearim (2017-2018)
Location: Israel
Nationality: Israeli
Biography: Ofir Berman is an Israeli documentary photographer whose work focuses on social and cultural issues. Her work gives an intimate view of people living within the fringes of society and aims to capture the resilience and the authentic spirit in the... MORE
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Children of Mea Shearim (2017-2018)
Copyright Ofir Berman 2024
Updated Dec 2021
Topics Culture, Documentary, Israel, Judaism, Middle East, Ortodox, Photography, Religion, Street, Youth
(2017-2018) 

In the middle of one of the world's most technologically advanced countries lives a community that defies time and place. Inhabitants of Mea Shearim resist 21st-century's human norms. This isolated community has invented its own rules. I found myself documenting "old" children and "young" adults as if adults were trapped in the bodies of children. As an outsider, as a woman, and as a photographer, I could not hide nor blend in with this surrounding. I was afraid of getting noticed and the camera was my only connection with the world outside. I started questioning what "normal" was and who should bear that word.
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