Image © Pierre Terdjman.
"It's a project that can be a bit controversial from the point of view of Israel or even from other points of view, because it shows some sort of normality in daily life in the country, but also how the capitalist system is failing, similarly to what is happening in Europe," says Pierre Terdjman. "I thought it was important to show how one society is taking care of its own citizens before looking at how it's taking care of its neighbours."
United We Were Strong is Terdjman's latest personal project. It looks at the anger that has developed in Israel against the lack of strong social policies. "I think people are fed up of hearing their government explain that since the country's defence budget needs a lot of funds, it can't fund social projects," he tells BJP. "What's impressive is that all parts of Israel's society are getting fed up, they want their government to help them instead of spending solely on the military. There's a feeling that each time people start questioning the country's social policies or lack-thereof, Gaza and Iran come back on the agenda."
To finance his work, Terdjman has turned to Emphas.is, the crowdfunding platform for photojournalism. "I chose Emphas.is because despite being shown at Visa Pour l'Image, this project has yet to be published anywhere. I thought that not only would Emphas.is be the best way to raise the necessary funds, but also it would allow me to reach a wider audience."
Terdjman would welcome the opportunity of working without worrying about finances, and without having to take on commissions to survive. "I've started in news photography, and now I'm interested in going more in-depth. I want to take on the challenge of a long-term project."
The French photographer plans on going back to Israel in coming weeks. "I'm going to continue crisscrossing the country, meeting, mostly randomly, people that are working to improve social conditions in Israel. I also want to spend more time in various communities - for example in the Russian, Ethopian or Morrocan communities."
He continues: "My goal is to have enough images to start thinking about a proper edit. I want something that isn't a press edit, if you see what I mean. I want it to be more personal - something that could lead, one day, to a book."
Terdjman's goal is to raise $6900 within the next 30 days. Visit the Emphas.is website for more information and to help him.
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