Osma Harvilahti

Every week we feature a series of one selected artist who was published in our printed magazine. This person is blogging during that time.

Yael Eban

Yael Eban – Tzabar

The term tzabar is the Hebrew word for cactus. It is also slang for a person born in Israel, a native to the land. The cactus is an analogy for the Israeli personality: overtly tough, but sincere and kind under the surface. My own identity as both Israeli and American is similarly incongruous. I have spent my life oscillating back and forth between these two disparate cultural landscapes. I consider this body of work to be a negotiation of place, in which I experience the Israeli landscape as both insider and outsider, native and a transplant.

Yael Eban – Profile


Yael Eban is a Brooklyn based artist who was born in Israel and raised in Indiana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Art History and is a recent MFA graduate at the School of Visual Art’s Photography, Video & Related Media program in New York City. Most recently her work was featured in Ain’t-Bad Magazine, Paper Journal, Selektor Magazine, Phases Photography Magazine, and the group exhibitions Der Greif: A Process and Come Together: Surviving Sandy.

Yael Eban – Guest-Posts

Lewis Baltz (1945-2014)

November 24th, 2014Author: Yael Eban

Today it seems appropriate to share the photographs of Lewis Baltz, who passed away yesterday. Baltz was part of the New Topographics movement in the 70s, and was seminal to the radical development of conceptual photography during that time. In 2010 I remember visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and stumbling upon Baltz’s Prototypes series, which he shot in California in the late 60s and early 70s. The photographs were stark, simple, and geometric. The subjects were banal and minimal, but the photographs were captivating. I was in awe. Soon after I compiled a portfolio of architectural photos and applied to grad school. I could go on about my admiration for Lewis Baltz, but I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Anna Beeke – Sylvania

November 21st, 2014Author: Yael Eban

Today I’m sharing the project Sylvania by documentary and fine art photographer Anna Beeke. Sylvania is a striking and mysterious series that Anna describes as an exploration of »the physical presence of the forest in the contemporary world as well as its metaphoric presence in our collective imagination.« She just launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book of the work. Anna’s website has a great selection of Sylvania images, but the published book promises many, many more photographs. So check out her work, and support what will surely be an incredible photo book.

“Reely and Truly”

November 20th, 2014Author: Yael Eban

Hello! I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for you this week. I’d like to start by sharing this gorgeous film by director Tyrone Lebon. The Vimeo page describes the piece as a »visual poem on contemporary photographers and their practices.« Anyone interested in photography will find something to catch their eye. The film was made with a variety of films including 65mm, 35mm, super 16mm, and super 8mm. The format is loose and the visuals are collage-like, kaleidoscopic, and dreamy. It’s like a love poem for photography. Enjoy!