MICHAL RONNEN SAFDIE (Israeli, b. 1951)

Michal Ronnen Safdie was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1951.  After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces from 1970 to 1972, she studied at the Hebrew University, where she received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. Upon graduation, she worked as a social worker for the Ministry of Welfare in Jerusalem.

In 1978, Safdie became a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned an MA in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1982.  Safdie took up architectural photography in 1983, specializing in architectural models photographed in studio settings as well as architectural buildings.

Safdie embarked on a two-year project in 1995 to document life at Israel’s Western Wall. The Western Wall was published by Hugh Lauter Levin in 1997 and became a traveling exhibition that was displayed in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Tashkent, Bogota and Boston.

Safdie has since photographed a series of anthropomorphic trees, some of the pre-Gacaca trials in Rwanda, refugees from Darfur and ice floes on Boston’s Charles River. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

Selected Collections:

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program

The Jewish Museum, New York City