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
We colorized some of Rudi's best photos to the request of our clients.
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.
Written and Directed by: Tamar TalProducer: Barak Heymann
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 defining moments.
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.
The movie has won several awards including the Best Israeli Film in the Docaviv festival in 2011
and the TALENT DOVE OF THE MEDIA FOUNDATION OF THE SPARKASSE LEIPZIG FOR
AN EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENTARY FILM TALENT
"The winner was a story movingly and sensitively told, which managed to combine a strong sense of comedy with powerful insight. It managed to combine the strengths of its characters with a strong story, and noticeably entranced its audience."
"This is an intimate film that celebrates the individual in all his richness and complexity. Director Tamar manages to share the most beautiful moments of bonding between grandmother Miriam and her grandson Ben Weissenstein with the audience. The film also shows that a positive approach to life, understanding, forgivness, empathy and a sense of humor are things that keep us alive and let us overcome even the most tragic moments."
Written and Directed by: Tamar Tal’, Producer: Barak Heymann, Co-Producer: Tamar Tal ,Cinematographers: Daniel Kedem, Tamar Tal Editor: Tal Shefi, Additional Editing: Eyal Tsarfati ,Original Music: Alberto shwartz , Production manager: Tali Shamir-Werzberger
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