Yigal Shem Tov

Born in 1952 in Israel.

Yigal Shem Tov studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the Pratt Institute in New York, and other institutions. In 2005 he won the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Constantiner Award for Photography.

Shem Tov describes his attitude to the environment as a cautious relationship of respect and emotion. "My view of the landscape completes and accepts it with surrender and love," he says, "for me the defect in the landscape is the sublime. It has no 'backyard' ... the backyard is a viewing convention . . . I create a conflict by glorifying the low things that I photograph . . . I think about how to maintain something not too meticulous, not too clumsy, and not too polished."