Micha Bar Am

Torah Scribe, Jaffa, 1971

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I . O N C E . D I D a series of photographs on Torah scribes, such as the pious Yemenite in this picture. Their work is surrounded by ritual for their spirits must be as sharp as their feather quills in order to faultlessly ink the ancient calligraphy of the holy scrolls. Nothing less than perfection is acceptable.

The day before I had photographed a scribe,  who came originally from Poland. The work of these two men was virtually interchangeable, though their training took place in continents and cultures that where miles apart. Amazed and in silent wonder, I saw before me the unabated power of a tradition that lives and even looks today just as it did two thousand years ago.

11 x 14 inches Edition of 200
16 x 20 inches Edition of 300
Silvergelatin Photograph
Signed and Numbered by Micha Bar-Am 1981
(Portfolio is available as a set only)

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