Emet Prize Laureates

Mr Sharon Yaari

2018 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Culture and Art
In Field: Photography

Sharon Yaari

Jury Statement

“The Emet Prize is awarded to Sharon Ya'ari for his in-depth work in the field of creative photography and his contribution to the promotion of excellence in teaching in the field, in which he is unsurpassed; and for his scholarly work in the field of photographic media, the corporeality of photos and the impact of time and place on photography in our culture.”


Sharon Ya'ari was born in 1966. He holds a BFA from the Department of Photography, Video and Computerized Imaging at the Bezalel Academy and a Master of Philosophy degree from the School of Art and Design at Derby University in England. His work focuses on the mundane and overlooked in daily life across Israel. His perspective draws from them a rich and complex range of subtle socio-political observations. His first comprehensive monograph appeared in Steidl in Fall 2013.

Since the mid-1990s, he has researched and produced photographic works in various media including montage, large format direct photography, computational photography, video and readymade photographic art. Over the years his work has appeared at numerous solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Martin Janda Gallery in Vienna, the Sommer Gallery of Modern Art in Tel Aviv, the Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel, Switzerland, and the Lisson Gallery in London. He has also participated in many group exhibitions. In 2013, a comprehensive selection of his photographs illustrating his work in the local and international spheres appeared at the Tel Aviv Museum in an exhibit called Leap Towards Yourself.

In addition to his artistic work, he serves as senior lecturer in the Master's Degree program in the Department of Photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and teaches at the Basis School for Art and Culture in Herzliya. He taught for several years at Camera Obscura in Tel Aviv, at HaMidrasha - Faculty of the Arts at Beit Berl College, and at Haifa University. He is invited regularly to lecture at various art institutions, professional symposia and at art schools in Israel and abroad. His influence is far-reaching not only on photographers but also on painters and artists who work in a variety of media. He has mentored many leading artists in the young, modern Israeli art scene.

His work has earned him many awards, including the Constantiner Photography Award and the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize (Tel Aviv Museum of Art), the Creative Encouragement Award (Ministry of Culture and Sport), the Janet Gaphin Award (America-Israel Cultural Foundation), and the Mifal Hapais Artist Book Award.