Street Portrait: Rebecca Goldberg – The Painter at Mahane Yehuda

הציירת משוק מחנה יהודה

Many years ago I shot this photo of (for me) an unknown painter at the Market (Shuk Mahane Yehuda שוק מחנה יהודה‎) in Jerusalem. If you’ve been to Jerusalem a few times, I’m pretty sure that you’ve seen her too. Perhaps a year or two later, I stumbled across an article on her in a Hebrew newspaper and I thought to myself that I should keep it, because the info in it might be useful for the photo that I took.

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רבקה גולדברג – Rebecca Goldberg (Rita)

Unfortunately my photo isn’t the best, because I didn’t have the photographing skills back then that I have today and also because I didn’t have the guts to go up to her and ask to take her portrait (I will definitely do that the next time I see her!). Of course, my copy of that newspaper is long gone and the only thing that’s left of it is a vague memory of the fact that I once had an article about her somewhere. When writing this post I tried to look up the article on the internet, but had no luck when searching with English search phrases. Once I switched to Hebrew I managed to find a couple of photos of her, but without her name mentioned. Then I decided to do an image search in Hebrew and by comparing the photos that I found of her and her art, I found a Hebrew article on one of her art shows that contained her name and other relevant info.

Here’s pieces of that article translated to English. The article was written by Amos Rabin and you’ll find a link to the full article in the link section.

Rebecca Goldberg (Rita)
Rebecca came from England in 1975, she has lived and painted in Jerusalem for about 35 years.
Jerusalem is the main subject in her paintings. The scenes in her paintings, takes place in the present and Rebecca documents the process of change. Her style also highlights the typical and special affection for Jerusalem: intimate, everyday life in the older neighborhoods.Sometimes the people, the environment and the connections between them  are swallowed up in the environment and become part of it and sometimes they are the center of the drama.
Rebecca’s paintings evoke the visual attention of viewers, to find beauty in the unexpected fabric of the city. (source: http://www.art.org.il/)

Rebecca Goldberg is expressing herself through paintings.

Check out these links for more info and photos:

The following info is unrelated to the post, but I thought I'd share it anyway: 
This post is one of many drafts that I had saved. These days I'm not very active in the blog world, 
simply because "life got in the way". I'll try to keep on posting more or less regularly, 
but don't be disappointed if you don't get any return visits or if I don't answer your comments. 
I'll hopefully be back on track as soon as things settle down. 
For sure I will keep my Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons going (and please feel free 
to join, it's never too late!), but other than that I can't promise that I'll be as 
active as I've been lately. I'm sure you can all understand and relate to this.
Have a great weekend!
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25 thoughts on “Street Portrait: Rebecca Goldberg – The Painter at Mahane Yehuda

  1. Great photo! Did you post it before? It looks familiar. I didn’t know you were running a challenge. Hmmmm, got a link?

  2. Lovely spontaneous shot. You totally captured her in her element and what she loves doing and does back, and she looks happy. And great sleuth work tracking her down. Hope all is well with you and at home. All the best with it and catch up soon 🙂

  3. You think the photo would have turned out better if she had posed? I am not sure, and I like this natural pose of her going after her business. I like what she is painting.

  4. Sometimes is just enough to be there, and look years later you have a story to share. Will be looking forward to see you back.

  5. she looks like a wonderful painter and isn’t it great to look back at something you took, then later realize that the person you thought was special was indeed so x

  6. I am also looking for her, Any idea how can i contact her? six years ago i photographed her in very unique way, i feel that i must give her a print.

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