Eitan Bernat’s portraits of Israeli fathers and sons are on exhibit in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon. The exhibit features some men whose faces are well known in Israel.
It’s impossible not to smile when looking at Eitan Bernat’s portraits of Israeli celebrity fathers with their sons.
These 40 striking photos in black and white portray in one captured moment the special and sometimes complex connection between male parents and children.
They are on exhibit in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, in the plaza outside the Israeli Cartoon Museum, from July 23 to October 9.
Curated by Rafael Vazana – director of the Culture and Art Department in the Holon municipality and father of a son named Jonathan — the exhibit features some men whose faces are well known in Israel.
This includes Olympic judoka Oren Smadja with sons Rom and Omer:
Soccer legend Yaakov Buzaglo and his grown sons Asi, Maor, and Almog:
And director and model Lev Racin with son Tommy:
The exhibition also includes a portrait of Rabbi Avigdor Chayut and his son Shmuel. This one is particularly poignant because they are survivors of the Meron tragedy in northern Israel on April 30. Chayut’s 13-year-old son, Yedidya, was killed in the stampede and he himself was hospitalized with injuries.
Bernat’s artistic photography is often featured in advertising, fashion, and sports. In 2015, he created a video clip for the song “Golden Boy” that represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest.
He said that his relationship with his own father faltered as their values and ambitions clashed, but a father-son trip to Romania in 2017 revived their connection. Soon afterward, Bernat’s father was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
In his photographs, Bernat sought to “capture the strong spiritual bond of a father and son, to recall the sense of the enveloping and protective paternal gaze and to emphasize that the bond is not severed even when father and son are physically distant.”