Tsadok Bassan – Orphan Girls « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים

Tsadok Bassan – Orphan Girls

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Artist: Tsadok Bassan

Curator: Guy Raz

Publishing year: 2005

Price: 100 NIS

Tsadok Bassan (1882 – 1956), “the first Jerusalemite photographer”, is finally featured in a solo exhibition. Bassan, who documented the “Old Yishuv” (Jewish community) in Jerusalem between 1900 and 1950, is now presented not only in a historical context, but in an artistic one as well. In this exhibition and in the catalog, we show for the first time, 130 photographs of the orphan girls, 133 glass negatives and some 60 original photographic prints, which are still at The David Weingarten General Orphans Home for Girls in Jerusalem. With this exhibition the Artists’ House launches the events marking the centenary of Bezalel, the country’s first school of art, whose photography department was inaugurated in 1911.
The exhibition Tsadok Bassan: The Orphan Girls presented at the Artists’ House, Jerusalem closes several circles. Foremost, the photographic circle: Tsadok Bassan, photographer, is finally featured in a solo exhibition. In the historical circle too because between 1912 and 1930 the GOH operated in a building in the Ethiopian Quarter, previously (1906-1908) occupied by the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts. This exhibition of photographs documenting the chronicles of the GOH is presented at the Artists’ House, which is located in the historical building where Bezalel operated since 1908 until 1955. And as for the sociological circle: for the first time, orphancy is presented as part of an exhibition that touches upon the subject from several aspects: social, cultural and artistic.