Oli Gersht, born in 1967, is an Israeli fine art photographer and professor of photography working and living in London. A friend informed about his recent show, so i remembered how much i like him and decided to write about him today. He has studied photography in London, has gained several awards and has exhibited extensively in Europe and the USA.
I love how he always chooses to include places of historical significance in his work, such as the Judean Desert, Auschwitz, Ukraine, or the Pyrenees. They become part of the sublime stories his photographs are telling which are stories of loss, death, life, violence, beauty, destiny, chance. And memories, collective ones as well as personal ones. Because of his universal but also personal themes it can remind anyone of their past, present and future and the fragility and fragmentation of the self.