Curated exhibition: Wedding Photographer: 80 Years of Wedding Photographs

Holon, Israel, 2013

Throughout the years wedding photographers captured endless intimate moments marking the beginning of new love. The pictures signify that special moment wherein two people have decided to tie their futures together and commemorate their love through photography. Usually the wedding portrait represents the new family tree, one that will hold on to the picture, passing it from generation to generation as memento to its genesis.

Our wedding portraits tell intricate stories from all over Israel, telling not just one family’s personal nostalgic story but rather the story of Israel itself. The pictures reveal the human and social tapestry of the country, the melting pot and the development of the Israeli society, often unravelling the story of those who reunited against all odds, at other times simply telling a small story of love.

The wedding photographs in the exhibition provide a fascinating focused glance at the history of dress in the 20th century. In each picture there is a groom, a bride and a white wedding dress and through this familiar combination one can clearly see how fashion and photography styles have changed from decade to decade. The twenties low-waisted gown shortens into a sixties tight mini dress. The thirties top hat, gloves and tuxedo turn into flared pants and a wide shirt collar in the seventies. A long sleeved chiffon dress from the seventies changes unrecognizably through enormous shoulder padding in the eighties. The decision to display photographs taken until th eighties is in true form of the definition of the term “vintage” in fashion, relating to dress items of at least three decades.

The exhibition is devoted to dozens of hopeful optimistic moments. The fashions they portray might change but the three key ingredients are eternal: two people, one white dress and love.

The outdoor exhibition was displayed on Dov Hoz Boulevard, with over 100 photographs hung along midtown Holon, in between stores, restaurants and cafes.