The PhotoHouse is the oldest photography shop in Israel.It was established in 1936 by photographer Rudi Weissenstein and his wife Miriam and has become one of Israel’s largest and most important private archives of historical photographs. Our unique collection consists of over 1 million negatives that document Israel’s both casual and historical moments from the 1930s-70s.
Our PhotoHouse was established in the heart of Tel Aviv, therefore Rudi’s camera was a silent witness to the development of Israel and particularly Tel Aviv. He photographed the developing construction of the city, parades and processions, art events, industry, cityscapes, cafés and cinemas, urban life, national propaganda, immigrant ships, portraits, street scenes, and more.
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The landscapes, plants and animals of the holy land
May 14, 1948
so many events happened here....here are some of them
Agriculture, establishing towns, pioneers, Hebrew labor, water towers, tower and stockade and more
All those little moments that make everyday life: cafe's, vacations, children and more
Music, theatre, film, fashion, architecture and cultural figures
portraits of people that portray the society in Eretz Israel
The photos that you'd probably like best!
Our favorite photos from within the archive
Photos that were colorized at our studio in 2015
Cool Retro Polaroid Magnets of various photos. Size: 8x9cm/ 3x3.5 Inch
Extra thick black&white poscards of select images. get your favorite image as a poscard!They can be framed or given as greeting cards. matte finish .size: 10x15cm/ 4x6inch
This sublime collection of early works by select Israeli photographers is the epitome of national genealogyand will enhance your archive collection of vintage and classic photography books. Including books on Rudi Weissensteinand other notable artists, this discerning collection of publications feature iconic Israeli images of a time gone by and bring to life famous and notorious events, atmospheres and lifestyles and truly capture the early days of the State of Israel.
Our posters are the perfect solution for any wall: printed on quality chromo paper, and depict historical momens,old days scenes or just of beautiful images, they are the nonchalant way to bright up any room.
New Sale! 2 posters only 29$
These coasters are so beautiful, you wouldn't want to put your cups on them!A variety of sets of 4 Coasters with vintage photos ,Glossy finish, Durable and strong, Size: 9X9 cm/ 3.5X3.5 inches
Soft cover beautiful notebooks with an old photo cover combined with fun patterns. 40 pages, lined, cream color pages, 15X21 cm/ 6x8inch
The Bookmarks that will make you want to read again! Colorful fun bookmarks with photos and inspiring quotes. laminated matte cromo paper, 5x18cm/2x7 inch
No event is ever complete until you've added a card with your warmest wishes...our cards use images from within the archive with colorful and fun patterns.
A wonderful solution for having your favorite images in front of you, without having to frame them. Mix and match them to create a beautiful little area in your house. hand made from birch wood, simple and elegant.Exclusive design to The PhotoHouse, 3 different sizes
Quality bags with some of our beloved photos in colorful new designs
Special processing of archive images. Combine images with a colorful background
Five most perfect gift packages on huge discounts
The PhotoHouse is Israel's oldest photography store, offering a huge selection of old pictures of Israel and its fascinating history.
our photographs were displayed in many exhibitions in Israel and around the globe and were awarded numerous prizes.
The exhibition deals with contemplation, nostalgia and documentation from a personal and close place. Through shared memories, exhibition curator Iris Rywkind Ben Zour documents her father's work, Effi Rywkind, in the graphic design medium, and collects a selection of his commercial and personal works - with reference to the iconic photographs by photographer Rudi Weissenstein.
The two creators, Weisenstein and Rywkind, lived side by side without any personal acquaintance, on the same street, near the "The PhotoHouse" mythological shop. Their field of activity was seemingly different, but they both had common interests: documentation of the landscapes of the Land of Israel, construction in the land and daily life. They both created their own state, a state of illustrations and pictures. Through their works we gain a personal and exciting glimpse into the spirit of the period in which they lived and created.
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Discovering the Archive of Rudi Weissenstein
Photos from "Beit Tzeirot Mizrachi"
Revealing new contacts from the Archive
Film posters on the façade of cinemas, 1931-1959
female figures in photographs taken in both Germany and Palestine in the 1930s-1950s
Selection of photos: immigration, new settlements, parades and processions, urban life and more
the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein
revival of the water tower
Main works of 3 Israeli photographers of Czech origin, each artist represents a generation
a sample of either documentary and artistically valuable black-and-white phophotographs
Photographer Ilan Cohen set out on a journey in the footsteps of the work of Rudi Weissenstein
A collection of our best Tel Aviv photos.
Selected photos of tel aviv from 1936 to 1960 by Rudi Weissenstein
During the Tel Aviv 100 Anniversary celebrations we displayed a collection of our Tel Aviv photos
Jaffa as it reflects through the lense of Rudi Weissenstein
Exhibition of Rudi's Views & Portraits of Israel
Our largest exhibition of Tel Aviv photos. over 150,000 visitors it in only 6 weeks!
Rudi Wiessenstien Retrospective exhibition, Tel Aviv, 2002. over 150,000 visitors!
The Hague, Holland, 2009
Manhattan, New-York, 2013
Paris, France, 2010
Detroit, USA, 2013
Berlin, Germany, 2010
Frankfurt, Germany, 2010
Tel Aviv, 2010
Detroit, USA, 2011
From the exhibition "New Ideals: the Image of the "New Woman" in Photography", Haifa City Museum, 2014. Photo: Shachar Amit
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