Born in Manhattan, NYC in 1987, Israeli photographer Itamar Freed now lives and works between Israel and London. He depicts these three territories also in his images: the Israeli wild nature, the culture of NYC and the staged and deceptive sensations gained from his MFA at the Royal College of Arts in London.
What seems to be the core of Itamar’s search is the seek of an aesthetic proper of the classical paintings well fused with a contemporary photographic variation, through a balance of dream and reality blurred together. To express this Freed uses colors, natural light at its extremes and composition to draw the viewer’s eye to a variety of different angles and layers, as if in a threshold beyond the ordinary limits of time and space. He indeed takes advantage of the photographic medium to comprehend life and to hold time, as to freeze it.
The photographic process is for Itamar a tool to craft a hyper-realistic representation of his own view, featuring habitats, portraits, and landscapes from all over the world questioning the opposites, as for real and manufactured and natural and artificial, to depict an array of combinations that will exist only within the frame.
He has already showcased in solo exhibitions in the Ramat-Gan Museum of Art, Israel and at Feinberg Projects Gallery in Tel Aviv, as also in several group fairs and exhibitions through Germany and Israel. His works are then in private and public collections worldwide including the Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Collection, USA, The Estee Lauder art collection, USA, and the Clore Collection, London, UK and other private collections in Israel and abroad.
Freed has been the recipient of the 2016 Clore – Bezalel Scholarship & a full Grant for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Arts, London and the 2012 EPSON first prize for excellence in the art of photography.