Yakov Kaszemacher

Artist painter and photographer Yakov Kaszemacher build

in the old city of Tzfat  a unique Gallery

Over the years, the gallery became One of the most famous center of visitors from Israel and abroad

Yakov was born in France to Jewish Polish refugees who raised him in a secular environment. He became involved with the beatniks of the ‘50s and then the hippies of the ‘60s, He embarked on a spiritual quest in 1971 and decided to live in Tzfat where he infused his artwork with Jewish, Hassidic and Kabbalistic content.

Kaszemacher was a multi-talented artist whose paintings are still on display. It is, however, his photography, in particular his computer-enhanced photographs, which immediately catch the eye of visitors who walk down the street near his gallery in Tzfat's Old City. Few are able to pass without stopping in to admire the images of Tzfat, the nature of the North, and the people whom Kaszemacher captures in his photos.

Kaszemacher looked like an old-world Hassid, but his art remains pure 21st century. He created multiple images through double exposure and experiments with computer graphics to create unified images and concepts. His greatest pleasure was in talking to visitors in his gallery, using his art to educate them about Tzfat and about his Hassidic community. He was one of the first artists in Tzfat to combine his study of Kabbalah with his art, and many of his works have deep mystical meanings. He is deeply missed by all who live in Tzfat and by the many visitors who had the privilege to meet him.

His favorite subjects were the doors, walls and walkways of Tsfat. Local Israeli nature such as cloudy skies and individual wild flowers.

Kaszemacher experimented with different lenses, filters and films using his daily life and surroundings as his artistic subjects. He is a master in the use of multiple images to present a coherent message. He regarded photography as an opportunity to freeze memories and impressions. In his last years Yaacov explored the artistic possibilities available in computer graphics and created a large collection of computer manipulated photographs where he captured the symbols, the people and the land of Israel.

Kaszemacher passed away in 2011 but his son Mordechai Kaszemacher

continues to operate his gallery and exhibit his works

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