Pierre Terdjman (eng)

United we were strong

The founding fathers of the State of Israel had a dream – the creation of a society united by its Judaism. Today that dream is being shattered. Throughout the suburbs and poor areas, the Israeli nation, reputed for its economic dynamism and its propensity to encourage the “Aliyah” (or return to Israel) of the Jews, and their unity, is showing its limits: unemployment, violence, drugs and ethnic discrimination are weakening the unity of Israeli society. The Israeli Arabs, in the same way as the Jews that have recently arrived from North Africa, Russia and Ethiopia, have not all been integrated into the melting-pot of the Holy Land. As a nation of 7 million, Israel must now tackle its capacity for integrating all Jews.


Pierre TerdjmanPierre Terdjman is a 32-year-old French photojournalist. He began his career working for Haaretz, a left-wing Israeli daily. In 2007 he returned to France and became a photographer with the Gamma agency. Since then he has produced reports on the post-electoral violence in Kenya, on the Russian-Georgian conflict, in Afghanistan (where he followed a French military unit for one year for the magazine Paris Match), and then in Haiti on the consequences of the earthquake.

More recently, he photographed the Arab Spring: the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia, of Mubarak in Egypt and the fighting against Gaddafi in Libya. This work was exhibited at the Tbilisi International Film Festival in Georgia. The work he produced in Haiti was the subject of the exhibition Haïti, regards croisés de deux photojournalistes at the French Ministry of Culture. His photos were presented together with those of Jérôme Sessini.

His work is regularly published in Paris Match, Newsweek, The New York Times and Géo Magazine. Pierre Terdjman is now represented by the Cosmos agency in Paris and is working on the theme of ecology in France on commission from the Ministry of Culture.