Itamar Freed’s intensive photographs deal with the tension between enticement and rejection, between outer covering and essence, and between life and death. He reveals the dark forces concealed and bubbling up below the surface of reality, that threaten to explode its apparent tranquility.
In his hyper-realistic portrait photographs, he attempts to crack open the essence of the portrait, to peel off the layers and to create transparency, by placing emphasis on skin blemishes, scars and capillaries, which constitute for him an invitation to invasion and intimacy beyond those layers. He observes closer and closer until the portrait is no longer identifiable as such, until it fractures into abstract pieces.
Born in Manhattan, New York, 1987.
Lives and works in Modi’in, Israel.
2012 B.F.A , Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Department of Photography, Jerusalem
No Time, Ramat-Gan Museum for Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, Israel (Curator: Ayelet HaShachar Cohen)
Birds of Paradise, Gitler &___, New York, NY
Birds of Paradise, Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv (Curator: Yham Hameiri)
Selected Group Exhibitions
Nord Art – International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
The International Photography Festival, Rishon Lezion, Israel
Bread & Roses, Castiel Gallery, Tel Aviv
Surface currents (Participating artists: Uri Gershoni, Itamar Freed, Anna Yam, Roy Cooper, Liat Elbling), Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv (Curator: Yham Hameiri)
Memory, “indie” Gallery, Tel Aviv
Promising Artist in 2013 (Calcalist) , Tel Aviv
Inventory, Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv
OBJECTS (Participating artists: Itamar Freed, Uri Gershoni, Adi Nes, Daniel Tsal), Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv. (Curator: Daniel Tsal)
UNDER, Bezalel Gallery, Jerusalem
Under the surface (Duo Exhibition), Out Of Frame Gallery, Modiin
Prizes and Awards
“EPSON” first prize Award winner for excellence in the art of photography, Israel
Feature Shoot Blog
Mythical Scenes Capture the Bond Between Humans and Birds (NSFW) by Ellyn Kail.
March 13, 2015
Tal Niv on Itamar Freed’s photograph ‘Red View’.
September 19, 2014
Tal Niv on Itamar Freed’s photograph ‘Man & Crows in the Olive Grove’.
September 12, 2014
‘Birds of Paradise’ – Recommended exhibition.
September 4, 2014
Wall Street International
A preview for Itamar Freed’s solo show ‘Birds of Paradise’.
August 27, 2014
Itamar Freed on Haaretz Photography Blog.
August 20, 2014
An interview with Itamar Freed in TimeOut.
June 13, 2013
A review by Karin Levit on Itamar Freed’s “Dead Sea” photograph.
April 30, 2013