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Iconic Israeli Photographer David Rubinger Dies at 92

David Rubinger, Israel’s most famous photographer, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. He was 92.

Rubinger’s most famous photo, captured during the Six-Day War, shows Israeli paratroopers after the Western Wall was recaptured. That image became a defining image of that conflict.


“Paratroopers at the Western Wall” by David Rubinger

Despite it being his best known work, Rubinger has reportedly said that he considers it a bad photo.

“When I got to Jerusalem, I heard gunshots, so I ran to the Western Wall, maybe 20 minutes after it was taken. I laid down on the ground and these three soldiers just passed by. I didn’t think much of the photo at the time,” Haaretz quotes him as saying. “Part of the face is cut off one the right said, in the middle the nose protrudes, and on the left there’s only half a face… photographically speaking, this isn’t a good photo.”

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