Rudi Weissenstein

Rudi Weissenstein was one of the most famous photographers of Israel and his work has been showcased throughout the country as well as in Europe and North America. One of the biggest highlights of his career was being the official photographer for the Signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. He was also the official photographer for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, a reporter of the UN, and photographed those who would become the leading personalities of the local Jewish Community and heads of the State.

Rudi was originally from Iglau, Czechoslovakia, and came to Israel in 1936. His passion for photography began in the darkroom his father had built in his childhood home. Rudi would later go on to study at the "graphische Lehr – und Versuchsanstalt" in Vienna, continuing to develop his skills as a photographer. In 1940, Rudi, and his wife, Miriam, opened Pri-Or PhotoHouse on 30 Allenby Street in Tel-Aviv, where it would continue to flourish for 70 years.

Every negative in his enormous archive is a testament to Israel: the atmosphere, the spirit, and the people.


Pri-or Photohouse, 5 Tchernichovski st. Tel-Aviv