Idan Golko, photographer and artist from Israel. Married to Roni and father to Avigail. B. 1976

I take photographs of people, most are anonymous, in real, non staged moments. Whether it’s in Israel or any other place in the world, I notice that in spite the will to belong, eventually, each person stands on his own.

In my essence I am drawn to the margins, yet most of my photographs are day to day life, of people who are functioning in the world, on the way to work, on trains, on buses, on the streets. It seems these people do not rebel, do not kick the frame; they are functioning and allegedly belong. The choice to belong both fascinates and bothers me since it’s not natural for me. This is the reason that in most of my photographs the people are alone, with their own identity and drama.

Black and white photography helps me find mental and aesthetic peace in my inner and the outer world, which are both full of noise. Black and white helps expressing the drama I experience in reality and connects me to the cinema and to the old analog world, which I love.

My images are on the boundary between the sharp and the foggy. Both are trying to answer inner questions of identity, sanity and functioning in this world. I mostly deal with existential situations of sorrow and despair facing hope and the will to live.

I was born in Israel, my roots are all over the world, and where do I belong in this complex reality? In a country where all the senses are bubbling and people live in a tradition of uncertainty, I focus on the track of the single, the observer, who holds hope with all his strength in his search for redemption.



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