Images From the Land of the Bible


People, Lives and Landscapes, 1898-1934


תנך-אתר-6At the end of the 19th and beginning f the 20th century the American Colony photographers of Jerusalem commemorated the lives, people, and sites of Palestine. In thousands of high-quality photographs they documented the traditional daily life of inhabitants of the cities and villages, permanent residents, and wanderers. As believers they thought that they were thus opening an important window to the way of life in biblical times, concretizing the background of the biblical stories. Some of their photographs were painted by artists and sold to tourists and researchers. A selection of these photos are now shown for the first time in Israel; this exhibited was made possible by courtesy of the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam.
Etan Ayalon, the curator of this exhibit, focused on photographs that commemorate people at work, at authentic moments of life at home and in the field, working in a tradition that has long since disappeared from our world. The superb photos show figures and landscapes that most likely existed thousands of years ago.
Visitors will be directed to the Man and his Work center in which many of the items and work tools are on display.


Curator: Dr. Etan Ayalon
Closes: April 2, 2013









 Postcards of the American Colony from the Alexander Collection


תנך 7The American Colony photographers eagerly marketed their pictures, with two purposes: increasing profits and making known their visual impressions of Palestine worldwide. As part of these efforts, thousands of postcards with their photographs were printed and sold as souvenirs or mailed all over the world.

The Alexander Museum of Postal History and Philately contains an extensive collection of mail of all kinds amassed by Zvi Alexander, including thousands of postcards dating from 1890 to 1950. Quite a few of them utilized shots taken by the American Colony photographers.


The postcards are presented courtesy of the Alexander collection.