Bar Am-David – Portraits from Jaffa


The view from Jaffa towards Tel Aviv central at sunset time.

Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that grew up during the city’s short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up of a greater percentage of Arabs but recent gentrification is attracting a young, professional population and Israelis.

Jaffa is the most celebrated place in Israel, where Israelis and Arabs live in peace together despite the conflict. My purpose was to examine the lifestyle of this particular place and to look at how ordinary people survive in their extraordinary circumstances. These photographs do not pose solutions but serve as a reminder of enduring spirit through the most challenging adversity.

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The quiet part of the beach of Jaffa. This is the place where people come to unwind and get away from the busy crowded streets of the flea market.


More images and other interesting projects on Bar Am-David’s website. Bar Am-David was born in 1985 and raised in Tel Aviv and Caesarea, Israel. His passion for photography evolved when he was 18 years old. At that time he volunteered for the Israeli national service by living and working in a collective community (Kibbutz) at the northern border of Israel next to Lebanon. Continuously he travelled the world for two years covering four continents, an experience which enriched his life greatly. He is a London based photographer, and has completed Photography BA (Hons) degree at Middlesex University, UK.