Ron Agam

Ron Agam

    Ron Agam was born in Paris in 1958 and was educated in Paris, Rehovot (Israel), and New York.  Ron Agam, son of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, translated his upbringing in an artistic environment to the medium of his choice--photography. At the age of six, Ron recalls being drawn to the camera and shooting stills of his father`s work. In his father`s Paris studio, Ron played in the darkroom, fascinated by the image materializing in the darkness  Ron’s  youth was divided between Paris and Rehovot, Israel. He deeply values his education and feels it helped mold him into who he is today.    Growing up with a camera always in hand, Ron has roots in Jewish-Israeli culture and has worked to capture his Jewish traditions in his work.  Through his mother, Clila, who passed away twenty years ago, he is descended from both opposing Hasidim and Mitnagdim traditions. He can trace his ancestry seven generations to the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liady.

   Although Ron lives in New York City, his ties to Israel are strong. His first public exhibition was opened on May 17, 1994, at the Magidson Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan. The exhibit consisted of thirty photos taken at the Western Wall and the ultra-Orthodox conclave of the Mea Shearim which constituted the basic portfolio for this commemorative collection. Ron’s photographs have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world, from Time Magazine to MTV. He received great acclaim for his exhibitions in the mid-1990s of a series of photographs taken at the Western Wall and the Ultra-Orthodox conclave of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem. In late 2001, he created a series based on his photographic work at Ground Zero on September 11, which was included in a traveling group exhibition responsible for raising money for the victims of 9/11.