Photography department graduates
Graduates of the photography department in Musrara continue on to the local and international photography field as creators, photographers, curators and entrepreneurs – many of whom win prizes and scholarships, complete Master’s degrees and join cooperative creations.
Among our graduates:
Yael Shahar, photographer and filmmaker, teaches photography in communication classes in The Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, graduated with honors from Musrara’s photography department and winner of the Jerusalem Mayor prize for her 2001 graduation project. Shahar presented several solo exhibitions at the Tova Osman gallery in Tel Aviv, at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan and at the Mika Gallery in Tel Aviv. She created an award-winning international documentary named “Melissa, MOM and I”, which participated in the international festival of documentaries in New Delhi and London, the women’s art festival in Rehovot and the Philadelphia documentary festival, where it won the “best script” award.
Jan Tichy, a multi-disciplinary artist who works with video and sound. Tichi is a senior teacher in the Chicago Art Institute and works in Israel and the US. He graduated with honors from the Photography department (2002) alongside his studies in political science and general studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and art studies in the Bezalel academy of arts and design. He completed his Master’s degree in the sculpting department of the Chicago Art Institute’s school of art. Winner of the young artist award from the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport and winner of the prestigious Gotsdiner Foundation award for young artists, given by the Tel Aviv Museum. Tichi presented solo exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and in leading galleries in Israel and abroad.
Guy Itzhaki, photographer and programmer, combines photography/video/programming with projection. Graduated with honors from the Photography department (2007), Itzhaki won the Jerusalem Mayor award for his graduation project. He also graduated with honors when obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and computer science. He was a member of the Jerusalem “Hagigit” group which created public cooperative projects and published photography and poetry booklets. Ithaki presented solo exhibitions at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan, the Mamuta Art and Media Center in Jerusalem and the photography gallery of the Jerusalem Hadassah College. He participated in the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Young Artists Biennale in Moscow, the digital art center in Los Angeles and the Insanitus festival in Lithuania, where he presents his work in group exhibitions. He presented his works at the Tzeva Tari 3 and 4 fairs and at the opening eve of the art year along with Ivri Lider. Among other honors, he is the winner of the Sharet Foundation scholarship, the Beaujolais award for young artists, and the outstanding achievement award from the center for the study of rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He owns several registered patents.
Orit Ishay, an active video, photography and installation artist, graduated with honors from Musrara’s photography department in 2006. She also holds degrees from the faculty of art continued education program in the Beit Berel College and the Arts in Education program in the David Yellin College in Jerusalem. Ishay won an award and scholarship from the Museum Quartier Vienna, a scholarship for a printing creation workshop and the Sharet scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. She presented solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in important venues, such as the Herzliya Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Seoul Museum of Art. Her works are presented in museums and by private collectors and institutions in Israel and abroad.
Racheli Cohen, studio photographer, leads art projects and teaches in photography workshops. She graduated from the photography department in 2009 and holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Literacy and a teaching degree from the Kibbutzim College. Cohen participated in group exhibitions in Jerusalem and presented a solo exhibition in the social gallery in the David Yellin College in Jerusalem.
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Photographer, graduated with honors from the Musrara School of photography and graduated in 2008 from the continued education in art and photography program in the Bezalel Academy of arts and design. His works were presented in museums and galleries across the globe. Ickowicz teaches in the photography department in the Musrara School, the department of visual communications in Bezalel and the department of interior design in the College of Management. In 2008 he won the Gerard Levy award, given by the Israel Museum and in 2010 he won the young artist award, given by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Yael Brandt, video, still and campaign photographer, lives in Tel Aviv, graduated with honors from Musrara’s photography department and won the Jerusalem Mayor award in 2010 for her graduation project. Brandt continued her studies in “Hamidrasha”, the Faculty of Arts in the Beit Berl College and studied philosophy and art history in Tel Aviv University. She participated in the “Circus“ performance art project and was a part of group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. Her works were exhibited in the Amsterdam Biennale of Photography, the Andrea Meislin gallery in New York, the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and Center for Digital Art in Holon, among other venues. She presented a solo exhibition in the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan as part of the museum’s “Shishi Rishon” (first Friday) initiative. She created a fashion catalog for the designer Keren Gross and was a photographer for the Musrara School campaign.
Itay Nadav, graduate of the photography department (2007) and winner of the Landa Foundation award for excellence, holds a B.Ed degree and a teaching diploma from the David Yellin School in Jerusalem. Nadav teaches programming courses in the Musrara School and is a partner in a photography studio in Jerusalem which serves the religious Haredi community. He publishes professional articles in his blog, MetaData, and was a founding member of the Jerusalem “Hagigit” group which created public cooperative projects. He works with photography, digital art and video art and combines photography and video with web platforms and apps for smartphones and tablets.
Nikita Pavlov, multidisciplinary artist, photographer, director and filmmaker is active in Israel, Russia and Germany. Pavlov graduated from the Musrara School in 2011 and won an achievement award for his graduation project. Pavlov’s various series of photographs appear in many publications and books. He worked as a photographer for a web magazine in Russia, presented solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Russia and Israel. Among the many awards he received, he won second place in photojournalism exhibition “Edut Mekomit” (local testimony) in Israel.
Shira Horesh, video and photography artist and poet, graduated from the photography department in 2013, winner of the Jerusalem Mayor award for excellence in her graduation project, member of the “Indie” photography group gallery. Horesh participated in group exhibitions in the Inga gallery of contemporary art in Tel Aviv, the international photography festival in Rishon LeZion and the open museum of photography in Tel-Hai and was a part of the ”Tzeva Tari” (fresh paint) artist greenhouse. Her poems were published in “Maayan” (fountain) poetry journal and in “Harama” (the level) art magazine. She is set to publish her first book in 2015.
Michal Tobiass, Curator and photography, video and installation artist, graduated from the photography department in 2012, winner of the Jerusalem Mayor award for excellence in her graduation project. In 2013, Tobiass presented a solo exhibition “Hapolitica shel HaTiakh” (the politics of plaster) in the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan and was the curator of two exhibition in the Musrara School galleries – “Onat Halikuim” (the season of defects) and “Gzar Din Goof” (sentence body). She participated in the ”Tzeva Tari” (fresh paint) artist greenhouse in 2014 and has just begun a Master of Fine Arts degree in the Bezalel academy of arts and design.