Emet Prize Laureates

Miki Kratsman

2011 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Culture and Art
In Field: Photography


Miki Kratsman

Jury Statement

“For his many layers of creativity in the world of photography and his continuing activities, as a press photographer covering and interpreting events as an artist with social and personal commitment which he expresses in his work, as a teacher and mentor of future generations of influential photographers.”


Was born in 1959 in Buenos Aires Argentine. He made Aliyah with his family in 1971.

After his army service he studied at the Kiryat Ono Photography College.

Since 1984 and until today he is a press photographer for the Shoken group (HaAretz, Hadashot and Ha’ir newspapers), and for the past 18 years has participated in the column “Twilight Zone” with Gideon Levy.

Since 1989 he teaches photography at various art institutions including Camera Obscura, the Kibbutz Artists’ Workshop, the College of Geographical Photography and Haifa University.

Since 2006 he is the head of the photography department at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He is in a position to advance different projects which involve students and members of the community. Over the years he has been involved in creating and maintaining social projects outside of artistic institutions. Among them, he collaborated with the collective for socially involved photographers “Activestills” and continues a dialog with the project.

In 2004 he participated in creating “Breaking the Silence”, is a member of the board of directors of “Haberut”, an organization that supports creation and art with patients in medical centers, and a member of the public board of B’Tzelem, human rights movement. He has been active in mapping the Beduim’s open space surrounding Beer Sheva. He lived in a Beduin village in the area and taught photography. He is also active in advancing the instruction of photography at the Art Academy in Uganda. He is involved in a project inviting world famous photographers to teach and lecture in Israel.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Israel and around the world which have awarded him the Enrique Calvin award from the Israel Museum, an award from the Education Ministry and a Robert Gardner Fellowship in photography, Harvard University.