Sunday, June 13th, 11:30 a.m.
A rare event took place several months ago. The participants in our TIS and Braun Library Film Series Discussion group all agreed that we loved a particular film!
With this in mind, we’ve invited Ben Peter, the manager of Pri-Or Photo House in Tel Aviv, the subject of the film “Life in Stills,” and the author of “Rudi Weissenstein: Israel Early Photographs” to join us.
Life in Stills
At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when “The Photo House” – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help.
Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s birth, beginnings and most notable moments in history.
Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments – a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.
Viewing the film
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Join us on Sunday, June 13th at 11:30 a.m.
Welcome to the PhotoHouse!
The world renowned PhotoHouse (also known as Pri-Or PhotoHouse), is one of Israel’s most valuable and monumental private archives of historical photographs.
After winning numerous awards, and traveling with exhibits throughout Europe and the United States, the PhotoHouse continues to preserve and curate over a million negatives, all taken by photographer and founder, Rudi Weissenstein. From 1936 until this day it has been family owned and operated for three generations; since Weissenstein’s and his wife and associate Miriam’s death, it has been owned by their grandson, Ben Peter.
The store sells photographs and also various gifts, all taken from the original negatives in their archive. Enjoy your journey though family’s and the country’s history!
“When I first walked into the PhotoHouse it was like magic. The past came into life through the smells, and through the incredible photographs that rest in the wooden drawers and tell the story of Tel Aviv and Israel. I was fascinated most of all by Miriam’s outstanding character and decided to document her life’s work. it was only after completing a short film on Miriam and the PhotoHouse, that I got acquainted with her grandson, Ben who had joined the family business. I observed their unique relationship grow stronger, as they faced the threat to lose their shop.
It became clear to me that it’s my duty to continue documenting their story.
As for a photographer, it was important for me to integrate the historical photographs, the 8mm family movies in order to tell a complete story, a story of global and personal conflict.
It was a great privilege for me to have gained Miriam and Ben’s confidence, to have been allowed to be part of their lives and invited to share their most intimate moments.” – Tamar Tal