P2G Top Photographer, Videographer Offers Workshops Here

A talented Israeli photographer and videographer, who is coming to Louisville through the Partnership 2Gether program, will show how he has captured his country’s culture through a camera lens, while passing on some tips for those who want to enhance their own photos, during two upcoming workshops.

Yochanan Kishon, who has worked as a photographer for more than 30 years, will present these workshops on Monday, April 7, at the Jewish Community Center.

The first workshop featuring Kishon and his photography will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. In this 90-minute presentation, he will share some of his own photographic images of Israel and explain how his work portrays his country’s culture and society. He will also provide suggestions on how those who might be planning a future trip to Israel can capture the essence of this country with their own cameras.

Kishon’s presentation is not just for photographers, said Robert Klein, volunteer chair of the Partnership2Gether workshops. “This program would be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about Israel.

“The workshop will give participants an opportunity to see and experience Kishon’s photography,” he continued. “It will also be helpful to anyone who wants to learn how to memorialize any trip they take with their photography.”

The second workshop is designed especially for teens. Kishon will meet with the young photographers who have been involved in “A Day in the Life” Program from 6-7 p.m. in the Senior Adult Lounge. Through this project, teens from Israel and Louisville have been taking photographs to document a day in their lives. The Louisville teens will present their photos, compare them with those taken by the Israeli teens as a starting point for a discussion of their common and differing experiences. Kishon will also provide guidance on how to take quality photos with cell phones.

Both workshops are free of charge. Pizza will be served at the second workshop.

As an artist, Kishon’s photography has been featured in exhibitions throughout Israel and his work has appeared in various news publications as well.

A graduate of the Haifa University, he has taught photography in Israel and Canada. He served as head of the photography department in Sulam Tzor Regional High School and has engaged his students in photography twinning projects with American students for most of the last eight years.

As a volunteer with Partnership 2Gether, Kishon is involved in artistic projects with artists in the U.S.

Currently, he is serving as curator for an exhibition of European artists in Israel. He is also involved in a project that involves photographing various sites in his country in the evening, using natural and artificial light to illuminate various subjects. As a videographer, he is also involved with the documentation of nature and green projects.

Kishon’s visit and these photography workshops are among many Partnership 2Gether activities that connect people to people in the fields of medicine, arts, education, twinning, co-existence, leadership development, culture, business development, economics, tourism and more.

Louisville has been active in Partnership since its establishment in 1997, and today is part of the Central Area Consortium of Communities that also includes Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, OH; Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and South Bend, IN; Louisville; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; and Austin, Dallas and San Antonio TX.

These consortium cities partner with Israel’s Western Galilee area that includes the city of Akko, the Western Galilee Hospital and the rural communities of the Matte Asher Regional Council along the Mediterranean Sea.

Partnership is supported by the Jewish Federation of Louisville Campaign.

For more information on Partnership 2Gether, contact JCC Senior Vice President COO Sara Wagner at 238-2779 or swagner@jewishlouisville.org.

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