Canadian photographer Joel Kantor lived in a kibbutz from 1976 to 1987. In his series of photographs, he shows the daily life of this unique formation, which played a key role in providing the products of the new state of Israel.
“I came to Israel as a Canadian student after I traveled through Europe,” says Kantor. “When I left my home, my uncle gave me a piece of paper on which were written three words:“ Kibbutz Kfar Menahem. ”
When Kantor came to this place, he was accepted as their own. According to Kantor, he comes from a typical North American Jewish family, with all that it implies. For example, with prejudice about social status and appearance.
But on the kibbutz a sense of freedom got him, an atmosphere of nature and loving people swept over him.
“I worked in chicken coops and in the field until I realized that this was what reveals my abilities the best,” he says. “In Canada, I would never have gained such an experience.”
Kantor planned his time so that there was an opportunity to record everything that happened to him in Israel in pictures. Documentary photography allowed him to immerse himself in the world of the unknown, and to look at it with no prejudice.
“Today, when the truth is lost in the abyss of fakes, my pictures, even if they are not perfect, show genuine events and facts at first-hand,” concludes Kantor.
These photos are presented at the exhibition “Night Watchman: Historical Scenes from the Kibbutz Kfar Menahem” in Jerusalem.