Israeli photographer featured at the Biennale – The Australian Jewish News

As Israeli photographer Erieta Attali explains, her childhood was saturated with ruins, spending her early years in Tel Aviv and Istanbul, then settling in Athens at the age of 13. Her studies and career have taken her all over the world, from Athens to London. in New York and finally in Melbourne.

While in her early days she focused on the ruins and remains of buildings in Greece and Turkey, when she was asked to photograph contemporary architecture for the Greek entrance to the Milan Triennale in 1995, her career has changed.

“My photographic kingdom of isolation, aridity and traces, seemed irreconcilable with the iconic and often brilliant language of architectural photography,” she said. “It turned out, however, that there was no need for reconciliation; the same conceptual framework that I had used for the ruins, allowed me to interpret architecture as an element of the landscape.

Now she is part of In translation at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, which explores the relationship between photographer and architect, studying the role of photography in the articulation of a sense of space and place.

This is something Attali certainly appreciates. “I have tried to develop a visual language where the separation between content (artificial structure) and context (natural or urban) is blurred, and the relationship between the two reversed,” she explained.

“Artificial structures are always located in an environment: a natural, urban or even abstract landscape that is constantly evolving. Awareness of this context not only provides us with information and a better understanding of the object being photographed, but also an insight into the natural forces that affect it and that may have shaped its original design.

Her photography has taken her to amazing landscapes including the Atacama Desert in Chile, Cappadocia in Turkey, the Arctic region of Norway, and the Blue Mountains in Australia. She says some of the most special photographs she took were documenting the city of Paris until 2020 when locked up due to COVID.

Attali joins three other great contemporary photographers for In Translation – Lard Buurman, Rory Gardiner and John Gollings.

For more information on the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, visit

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