Leap Toward Yourself.
Photographs by Sharon Ya'ari.
Steidl, 2014. 264 pp., 173 color illustrations, 8½x10½".
'I like being able to observe something over a long period of time, unselfconsciously admiring the complex circumstances by which it had come into being. The images have a story, usually one related to existence and near-extinction.' Sharon Ya'ari
This book presents photographs spanning Sharon Ya'ari's entire creative career, focusing on his recent works. It is published in conjunction with a major exhibition of Ya'ari's work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, featuring a comprehensive selection of his photographs. Sharon Ya'ari does not seek unusual moments, special places or unique subjects. His photographs offer an intimate look at the commonplace and familiar, making the viewer take pause and observe closely. He does not depict climactic moments; rather, he stops and photographs things that appear to him along the way, thereby conferring permanence on a particular time and place. Ya'ari's images summon a multilayered reading, combining local, historical references on the one hand and conceptual references to the medium of photography and to the history of art on the other.
Co-published with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Exhibition: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 5 November 2013 to 22 March 2014