Gilad Ophir

Born in 1957 in Israel.

Gilad Ophir holds a bachelor's degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a master's degree in art from the city’s Hunter College. In 2002, he was awarded the Minister of Science and Culture Award.

Ophir's works mainly address the examination of the power relations between landscape and local architecture and the ongoing monitoring of processes of change in the natural and urban Israeli landscapes. In various works, he presents the development and expansion of suburban construction and the formation of new population centers, with their complex infrastructures. In recent years, he has focused on the aesthetics of new and old industrial areas in Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Eilat, Haifa, and elsewhere. An important part of his work concerns the tension between the various components of industrial and architectural products and nature. The latter is depicted in his photographs as being subjected to a process of survival, annihilation, decay, and transience, but also as having great self-healing powers and bearing rich materials of memory of places and what has occurred in them.