SYLVIA HORWITZ photography

Naomi Frankel and Tsippi Rainey


In the fall of 1996, shortly after my move to Tel Aviv, I was introduced to Tsippi Rainey. She was the wife of an archaeologist with whom I did photographic work on digs in Israel. As our friendship developed, I learned about her academic accomplishments as a researcher and college professor. Later Tsippi became the biographer of Naomi Frankel, beloved Israeli author who died in 2009 on her 91st birthday.

My opportunity to photograph Naomi came in August 2007. Tsippi had helped to move Naomi from Kiryat Arba to her community of Shaare Tikva, where they could work together daily. I spent several amazing days with them here, occasionally taking my camera out to make these images. Naomi wanted me to see a picture of her first husband and love of her life, next to whom she would be buried someday soon.

The book has been published in Hebrew and other languages. It is available from available from Israelbooks.

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