To Dream, to Collect


Rafael Y. Herman

1974 Beer Sheva, Israel

1 Works exhibited


  • About the Artist

Rafael Y. Herman is known for the Bereshit-Genesis photographic project. Inspired by the story of creation as it is told in the first book of the Bible-Genesis, Herman pushed his research into an absolutely new context in the history of photography, portraying the trees of the Negev desert at night, without any electronic aid and without any digital manipulation, managing to obtain images that seem to be pervaded by daylight. The night looks like it has never been seen before and reveals to our eyes a monochromatic yet colorful landscape: 'the color of the night'. It is an illuminated, almost divine night, in which the shadows disappear to create a new surreal reality that our naked eye cannot see and does not know.

The Bereshit project was exhibited for the first time in Milan in 2006, in the prestigious "Sala delle Cariatidi" of Palazzo Reale, and represented one of the four fragments of a larger work that the artist dedicated to Israel, with the title of 'Maga'. The event attracted the attention of the public and the media and was applauded by the councilor for culture Vittorio Sgarbi, who wrote "... His images are a mirror of Creation beyond which there is nothing else to say, revelation that conceives only the contemplative dimension, reconciling spirit, mystery, matter.

Thus Herman, wins the dark. " The reported success earned Herman the invitation to present his work in Paris at the Center Pompidou. In November 2007, on the occasion of the solo exhibition that Studio Guastalla dedicated to the artist, Rafael came into contact with the great art historian, writer and collector Arturo Schwarz, who wrote about the project "... this double conjugation - the earth-woman illuminated by its own black light - is responsible for the intense poetic aura of these photographs ". These are some of the titles that newspapers and magazines have dedicated to the exhibition: "La voce della luna" (Art); "The symbolic research" (Elle); "The Herman trees" (TG); "The principle of everything" (Bulletin). During the exhibition period Rafael lost his father, Maxim (b. Bucharest 1937 m. 2007 Israel, 19 Kislev), just as he was finishing writing the book / documentary on the history of his family in the years of the Second World War.

Rafael Yossef Herman has exhibited in South America, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. He collaborated with Amnesty International and the government of the State of Bahia for the 2002 carnival. After receiving a musical education for 13 years as a child, he graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Tel Aviv. Today he lives in Italy and works between Europe, America and Israel. Currently his multifaceted photographic projects range from fashion to reportage, from publishing and film sets to experimental research.

Works by Rafael Y. Herman

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