Ben Uri collection

Michael and Elie

Artist information

Name Yaki Assayag (1970-)

Born Jerusalem, Israel

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Object Details

Date 2004

Object type photograph

Medium photograph on board

Materials and techniques board (support)

Unframed 97.5 x 97.5 cm

Framed 103 x 103 cm

Acquisition purchased with the generous support of the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund, the artist and a philanthropist who has requested anonymity, 2004

Accession number 2004-6

Display status not on display

Photographer Yaki Assayag was born in Israel in 1970. Michael & Elie is part of a new series he initiated after moving to Brooklyn and reflects something of his and feelings about this new location and its inhabitants. He writes of his work:

I find portraits are the most interesting side of photography as there are many ways to approach such a dynamic and fascinating subject. It was self-portraits that helped arouse the emotional feeling of standing in front of the lens. I believe that the interaction between the photographer and subjects could lead to a different and more interesting result than if I came with my own opinion of how the portrait should come out. The more I interact with the subjects the more I understand that there is no limit to what the camera can expose …

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