My name is Michal Minsky. I was born and raised in Tel Aviv and I have been guiding in the city for over a decade.
I have a bachelor's degree in art history from Tel Aviv University, worked in local iconic cultural institutions such as the Bauhaus Center, Eretz Israel Museum and The PhotoHouse, where I'm still engaged in historical research on the city.
The lectures are also delivered in English.
The length of all lectures is about an hour.
BLACK AND WHITE MYSTERIES TALKS
A series of detective lectures based on fascinating research that I conducted as part of my work as an archivist of the Photo Archive and as a researcher in other historical photography collections. How to decode a photo location? Who are the people in the pictures? What do you do with a physical archive in the digital age and how can one photograph tell us a world and its fullness.
From a family business to a national Landmark
The PhotoHouse began as one of the small photography shops scattered along Allenby Street in Tel Aviv, and over the years became one of the most well-known photography shops in the country, through which tens of thousands of photographers passed and milestones in local history were burned in the negatives and archive binders.
On this talk we will get to know the founders of the place, Rudi and Miriam Wiessenstein, and will discover how Rudi managed to become from an anonymous photographer to the documentor of the declaration of independence of the state of Israel, and the photographer of the most famous Israeli politicians, actors and artists.
We will talk about famous photographs, anecdotes behind pictures, the challenges of maintaining a private collection of photographs of national importance, and will be moved by the amazing survival story of the small family shop of more than 80 years.
Changing streets and a mysterious shop
Solving historical photographs
In recent years, many historical photography collections have undergone a processes of digitization and exposure to the general public. In this process we come across countless photographs about which much information is missing, such as the location, date and identity of the people being photographed. In this lecture we will understand what are the tools available to us when we want to findthe location of a historical photograph and how can we try and understand where it was photographed and gather as much information as possible about it.
What is the significance of this process? Why is it important? And are there enough resources to allocate to the matter?
We will use as a test case for the first Hebrew city, Tel Aviv, watch various historical photographs of it, embrace the nostalgia, and together try to solve their locations.
Israel's declaration and the couple on the roof
Left behind photo series
Familiar and beloved historical photographs are often part of a wide series that was taken and was left behind.
On this talk, we will get to know a number of historical photo series and try to understand why the image we know from the series was selected, what we can learn from its selection about the client, the photographer and the message they tried to convey us.
What leaves a stronger impression on us, a series of images or a single image? And who determines what is chosen: the client, the photographer or the public?
All this and more in a nostalgic lecture full of black-and-white photographs and exciting discoveries.
A nostalgic, exciting and funny journey into daily life in young Israel, through original photographs, rare videos and old advertisements.
A long road to liberty
The story of the Israeli housewife
Until the 1970s, being a housewife in Israel was a genuine profession for many women, who even studied it in an orderly manner, specialized, invested a lot of thought in caring for their home and family, and gained great respect due to educating the future generation of Israel.
In the lecture, we will rediscover the local housewife: What subjects were taught at a young Mizrahi home? Who was the singing housewife? What were the criteria for winning the title of Queen of the Kitchen? And how do you make gefiltefish from tuna?
A photographic journey through old Tel Aviv
From the day of its establishment, the city of Tel Aviv has been an important part of the life of the Jewish community in Eretz Israel, a modern and Jewish city in which great events took place alongside everyday ones.
In this lecture, we will embark on a photographed journey to early daysTel Aviv through photos of the best photographers in the early years of the city. We will see what everyday life looked like in the first Hebrew city: Who were the leading cinemas? What did people eat and drink in the cafes? What did the lifeguards' swimwear look like in the 1940s and what happened to the famouse hotdog seller from Mugrabi Square?
Motherhood of yesteryear
Today's young mothers can not imagine parenting without WhatsApp support groups, various activities in development centers and posts of professional counselors and mentors on social media. But what did the mothers of yesteryear do? What did their parenting look like? Where did they get their inspiration and support from? Where did they go to spend time with the kids? In this lecture we will take a look at the lives of the urban mothers of yesteryear through old advertisements, videos and historicall photographs. We will get to know the mythological institutions they visited, the information they consumed and the daily routine. How did the mothers in the city differ from the mothers in the village? Which baby carriages were popular? What is the benefit of fish oil and how to avoid washing endless cloth diapers?
A JOURNEY TO THE OLD HOLIDAYS CELEBRATIONS LECTURES
A nostalgic, exciting and funny journey to the customs of holidays and celebrations in young Israel, through original photographs, rare videos and old advertisements.