Legendary photographer David Rubinger passed away today at the age of 92. Rubinger, winner of the 1997 Israel Prize in communication, left behind thousands of photographs which have become inalienable assets for all of us.
Upon hearing of Rubinger's passing, Government Press Office Director Nitzan Chen eulogized: "David Rubinger has left a mark with thousands of iconic photographs which helped shape the Israeli narrative. The GPO and Rubinger collaborated greatly over the years; some of his famous photographs can be found in the GPO National Photo Collection. Rubinger was among the greatest of those who documented the State of Israel. Here at the Government Press Office, we consider him family. On this sad day we bow our heads on the passing of a master photographer from a generation of giants."
President Reuven Rivlin expressed his sadness on the passing of David Rubinger:
"David Rubinger, our dear friend, left us this morning. There are those who write the pages of history, and there are those who illustrate them through their camera's lens. Through his photography, David eternalized history as it will be forever etched in our memories. His work will always be felt as it is seen in the eyes of the paratroopers as they looked upon the Western Wall, and in the expressions on the faces of the leaders of Israel, which he captured during the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
"When I entered the President’s Office, I hung on the wall a picture he took of Ben Gurion. David came to visit with a special signed copy and helped me hang it in its place, alongside a picture the of Jabotinsky which has been with me throughout the years.
"I will continue to carry the image of David Rubinger with me, armed with his faithful camera."
David Rubinger's funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday, 3 March 2017) at 10:00, at Beit Hahesped at the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in the Givat Shaul section of Jerusalem. The public is invited to pay respects.
some of David Rubingers Photos:
meeting of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion with Ms. Elinore Roosvelt at his house in Tel Aviv 1952
Rabbi Goren Blowing the Shofar after liberating the Western Wall
soldiers enjoy a refreshing shower in the 6 day war
IDF paratroopers standing excited after liberating the Western Wall in the 6 day war