Since 1981 Ilan Wolff has specialised in creating photographs using the Camera Obscura technique with cameras made from old boxes or cans. Nowadays he mainly uses his van and ordinary room interiors to create large images. Since 1993 Ilan Wolff has been giving regular workshops in Pin Hole photography with the Camera Obscura and using photographic emulsion to create images on different surfaces.

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Biography
  • 1955 : Born in Nahariya, Israel
  • 1970-73 : O.R.T. Highschool of Arts, Haifa, Israel
  • 1976-78 : Freelance Graphic Designer,Israel
  • 1978-81 : W.I.Z.O. Neri Bloomfield College of Design, Photography Department, Haifa, Israel
  • 1982-86 : Based in Amsterdam, Holland. Specialized with the "PIN HOLE" technique using round-cylinder cameras. Projects for "Stren" magazin (mai 1985) in Germany, and Insurence Company in Amsterdam.
  • 1988-1989: Based in New York projects for Kodak, "New York through the pin hole". Project for the 150 of photography for the Minister of Culture of France - "Life in the Deseret" about the Beduin tribe in the Negev deseret. Project for film company-Nolan Kieth in Ierland "Dublin and west Ierland. 1990- project for  J&J. company.U.S.A. First workshop in Madrid, Spain orgenized by kodak.
  • 1990-92 : Based in Amsterdam: Projects for: Man Roland company  in Germany (calender for ´1992). "IMAGINA" project  for C.A.F. (Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia), Almeria- Spain  (exposed during EXPO SEVILLA in 1992).
  • 1992-94 : Based in Paris in the Cité Internationale des Arts: Grand from the Minister of Culture - City of Paris , first work from inside the Camera Obscura, transforming my studio to a pin hole camera (Camera Obscura). Creating a new technique "PINOGRAM" which is an image creating out of  combining pinhole and photogram in the same exposure time.
  • 1994-97 : Based in PARIS: Trasforming my car as Camera Obscura , specialized in "PINOGRAM" technique , using my car as camera. Project for the city of Lorient (France) "the harbour". Creating a series about the monuments of Paris using my car as camera. Project for "Migro" Supermarket company in Switzerland transforming different products to cameras.
  • 1997-2009 : Based in SEYSSEL (France):  Specialized in "PHOTGRAMA"  technique, developing the "CALORIGRAMA" technique- which is  Photogram based on HEAT as only energy and the "NATUROGRAM" -a new way of developing  techniques. From 2004 using the moon light as only energy-  "LUNAGRAM" technique an photogram image create by the light of the moon only , working mostly outdoors in nature at night .Experimention with vegetables (red pepper) and the earth as PIN HOLE  cameras. Constructing and photographing using 3 pinhole cameras. In 2000 a Project for the city of Cahlon S/ Saone- Musee N.Niepce (France) -  "Le Grand Album". From 2001 working regulery with the C.A.F.(Centro Andaluz de la fotografia) in Almeria- Spain , giving workshops every year. In 2006-2007 Project for KUTXA bank in San Sebastian (Spain) about the Monoments of the city using my van car as PIN HOLE camera. Creating a LUNAGRAM of 30 meters long.
  • From 2010: Based in Cabo de Gata -  Almeria (Spain): From 2008 -2011 project from the C.A.F.(Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia) Almeria (Spain) - "Monoments of Andalusia"  with  travelling exhibition and cataloque in 2012.In 2010-2011 Project for the CAJA SEGOVIA (the Bank of Segovia) about the monoment of the city of Segovia  as well giving workshops in the universities of Granada, Jaen and Sevilla.
Solo exibitions

2011

"Monuments of segovia through the camera Obscura",Casa de Los Picos, Segovia, Spain.
"stories of wood and Metal", Center 42, H.C. Edition, Kibbuz Hasolelim, Israel

2010

"The magic of photography-camera obscura," Jaen University gallery , Jaen, Spain.
"Ilan Wolff - Camera Obscura,"   Defacto Art gallery , Lubeck, Germany.
"Ilan Wolff - Camera Obscura,"  Maison de France,(hause of France) Mainz, Germany.

2009

"Ilan Wolff-Camera Obscura,"  Center Culturel Puertas de Castilla, Murcia, Spain.

2008

"San Sebastian project," Museo de Bellas Artes,(Museum of fine art) Sevilla, Spain.

2007

"San Sebastian project", Lunagrama project & retrospectiv exhibition, Kubo gallery-kursaal (the art gallery of Kursaal), San Sebastian, Spain.

2006

"Ilan Wolff- Camera Obscura"- retrospective,   Culturel Centre "Jean Vilar", Bellegarde, France.
"Life in the Desert",   Maison Visinand - Centre culturel de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland.

2005

"Imagina project",  orgenized by Centro Andaluz de la fotografia (Alcazaba sala), Almeria , Spain.
" New works - THE 4 ELEMENTS,"  Centre d'art contemporain de Lacoux,(Culturel center) Lacoux, France.

2004

Camera obscura at work,  Nahariya city art gallery, Nahariya, Israel.
"The 4 Elements,"  Zingg-lamprecht Haus, Zürich, Switzerland.
Camera Obscura at work,  Caldra House gallery, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland.
Camera Obscura at work,  Centre Culturel Thouars, France.
 

2003

Camera Obscura at work,  Galerie municipale de la ville de Gruenberg. Germany.

2002

 The 4 ELEMENTS,  Charles Nes gallery, New york, USA.
Camera Obscura - Retrospective,   Wilfred - Israel Museum, Kibbuz Hazorea, Israel.

2001

Camera Obscura at work,  C.A.F.(Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia), Almeria, Spain

2000

"Paris Monoments,"  Galerie de la Cité Internationale des Arts (During Mois de la Photo à Paris) Paris, France.

1999

Life in the Desert,  Musée de l’ethnologie de l’université de Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

1997

Camera Obscura at work,  Galerie municipale de la ville de Yerres, Yerres, France.

1996

"Monoments of Zurich,"   Photoforum gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
Camera Obscura at Work,  Maison de la Photographie (house of Photography), Lectoure, France.
"New Perspectiv",  Photoforum gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.

1995

Camera Obscura at Work,   Focale gallery, Nyon, Switzerland.
Camera Obscura at Work,   Photograqphy Bild gallery, Aarau, Switzerland.

1993

Camera Obscura project 1992-1993,  Cité Internationale des Arts gallery, Paris, France.

1992

"Life in the Desert"-the beduin in the negev desert,   Galerie Sephiha, Brussel, Belgium.
"Visual Friendship" - Beer Yahacov and Bad Oldesloe,  Bad Oldesloe town gallery, Germany.

1991

Camera Obscura at work,  Portfolio gallery, London, England.
Ilan Wolff- Camera Obscura - retrospective,  C.A.F.(Centro andaluz de la fotografia), Almeria , Spain.

1990

"Voyage en Seine et Marne,"  Centre Photographique - Ile de France, Pontault-Combault, France.

1989

Camera Obscura at Work,  Wilfred - Israel Museum, Kibbuz Hazorea, Israel.

1988

Camera Obscura at Work,   Les Somnambules gallery, Toulouse, France.
Between Jerusalem and Paris,   Charles Sablon gallery, Paris, France.
Camera Obscura at Work    Nahariya Museum, Nahariya, Israel.

1986

Germany through the Camera Obscura,   Art & Book gallery, Hambourg, Germany.
 Camera obscura at Work,   Charles Sablon gallery, Paris, France.

1984

Camera Obscura at work,  the gallery of  Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris (during "Mois de la Photo a Paris" festival), Paris, France.
Ilan Wolff photography, Gallery XYZ, Gent, Belguim.

1983

"Collage works", Gallery "Uit de Kunst", Delft, Holland.
"Photos from Israel", Gallery Rozenhof, Maasland, Holland

 

Group exhibitions

2011
L'objet  Photographique - une invention permante" .Maison Europeenne de la Photographie.(Paris Photo museum)  Paris,France.

2010
"first biennial of Photography festival in Granada".  Art Gallery of Granada University. Granada, Spain.

2009
"The edge of vision", Aperture foundation gallery, New York, U.S.A.
First Photography biennial festival of Huelva, Museum of the city, Huelva, Spain.


2005
"Pingyao International Photography Festival"  Pingyao museum ,China.

2004
"Grunberg through the pinhall" -  Grunberg art  gallery, Grunberg, Germany.
"Antologia y fotografias recienter"   Explorafoto 2004, Salamanca,Spain.
"Old is new again"   Pingyao international photography festival, Pingyau, China.

2003
Visioaria" festival,  city of Siena, Italy.
"20 artistes dans la ville" - Center Culturel Aragon, Oyonnax, France.

2002
Pinhole international 2 festival ,city of Siena, Italy.

2001
"Le jardin de l’émotion“, Manifestation intitulée, Saint-Germain en-Laye, France.
" ARCO" Art fair in  Madrid, Spain.
 "manieres de voir"(old proces in photography)  La Maison des Arts, Antony, France.

2000
"Le Grand Album“ (project for 2000), Chalon-Sur-Saône, France.
"100 years of Photography in Israel“,   Mane Katz and Haifa museums,Haifa, Israe.l
"Photo-gravure“, URDLA -  Centre International de l’Estampe, Lyon, France.
"Pendant que le loup n’y est pas...“, Ateliers de la Poudrière, Seyssel, France.

1999
"Pinhole International 2"(Contact photo festival), Lonsdale gallery, Toronto, Canada.
"Aintérieurs", Centre d’Art Contemporain de Lacoux, Hauteville, France.
 "Landscape",   Galerie O, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

1998
"Paris sous l’Objectif 1885-1994“, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France.
"L’Eau" ,Musée Véra, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.
" Pinhole International 1", Galerie Lonsdale, Toronto, Canad.a
"The World Through a Pinhole" (New Zealand’s Fotofestival), Wellington,New Zealand.
"The Body in the Mirror", Center of Photography, Skopelos, Grèce.
"Baignade Interdite“ (art festival) Atelier de la Poudrire, Seyssel, France.
Skyline- The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.

1997
Premier Eté Photographique de Bonifacio (first photography festival), Bonifacio(Corsica), France.

1996
 "Art in movment- Machines", Art center "La Clef", St. Germain en Laye, France.


1995
  photo festival of Lorient ,Gallery "Le Lieu", Lorient, France.


1994
"Images et Imagiers d’Artistes",  Le Pecq sur Seine, France.
"Borderline“(Fototage festival),  Frankfurt et Berlin museums, Germany.


1992
"Portraits d’une Capitale", (Mois de la Photo festival), Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France.
"Studio 8206 as Camera Obscura"(Mois de la Photo festival) Cité Internationale des Arts gallery, Paris, France.
"Imagina“ project  house of Andalusia-Spain, Expo'92 - Sevilla, Spain.


1991
"Panorama des Panorama", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.


1989
"La Nouvelle Photographie Ancienne", saint Malo, quimper, colloque, Lannion, Lorient, France.


1988
"Splendeur-Misère du Corps“, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France.
"Terre Lumiere", abbaye de Flaran, Valance/Baise, France.
"Artothèque Aquisitions", Chateau d’Eaux, Toulouse, France.
"Through a Pin-Hole Darkly", Museum of Fine Arts, Long Island, U.S.A.
"Through a Pin-Hole Darkly", Roanoke Museum of fine Art, Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.
"Skyline", Museum of Modern Art- Tel Aviv, Israel.
Pin hole international2 (Foco festival), Circolo de las Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.


1986
Pin hole international1 (Foco festival), Circolo de las Bellas Artes, FOCO, Madrid, Spain.

 

Collections

Kodak Collections, Rochester,  U.S.A.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hambourg,Germany.
Ministère de la Culture, (minister of culture), Paris,  France.
Musée Carnavalet (museum), Paris, France.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Photo museum of Paris), Paris, France.
"Gunter Sachs" collection,Munchen,Germany.
Musée Nicéphore Niepce (Museum), Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Collection Johanson & Johanson Company, New York, U.S.A.
Artothèque (city archives), Toulouse, France
Musée de l’Elysée (Museum of LÈysee), Lausanne, Switzerland
C.A.F. (center photography of Andalusia), Almeria, Spain
Museum of the city of Grunberg, Grunberg, Germany
Caja Segovia (the bank of Segovia), Segovia, Spain
Privet Collections in U.S.A., Europe and Israela. Duis ac pellentesque nisi.

Publication

2011

Cataloque solo: "Segovia a traves de la Camera Oscura", Caja Segovia, Segovia, Spain

2010

Cataloque solo: The Magic of Photography, University of Jaen, Spain.

2009

book; "The Edge of Vision - the rise of Abstraction in Photography ,Lyle rexer, Aperture edition, N.Y. U.S.A.
book; Photographic Possibilities, Robert Hirsch, focal Press , U.S.A.

2007

catalogue solo: "Camera Obscura- Ilan Wolff",Kutxa caja Gipuzkoa (bank Kutxa), San Sebastian, Spain.

2004

magazin: KULT,, Zurich, Switerland.

2003

cataloque: "20 artists dans la rue", Oyonnax, France.

2002

book: "Photography Antiquarian Avant-Garde"/Abrams ,New-York, U.S.A.
magazin: Se ma Interest, August, France.

2001

article: "The view from the mois de la photo“, magazine Afterimage (Avril), USA.

2000

catalogue: "Mois de la photo à Paris 2000, Paris, France.
catalogue: "(L)Brut d’Images“, Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, France.
catalogue:"Photo-Gravure, URDLA, Villeurbanne, France.
Book: "Le siecle du corps - photographies 1900-2000, Museum de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
article: "Ilan Wolff: Sténogramme, Art Actuel magazine Spécial Photo- Paris, France.
article: "Mois de la photo, Photo nouvelles magazine, France.
article: "The pinhole point of view, Smithsonian (may), Washington, U.S.A.

1999

article: portfolio "Images“ (No 41), Paris, France.

1998

catalogue solo:"Camera Obscura at Work 1982-1997, Ilan Wolff, France.
book: "Paris sous l’Objectif 1885-1994, Editions Hazan, Paris, France.
catalogue:"The World through a Pinhole, Wellington, New-Zéland.

1997

lBook: "Architecture et Grand Travail, R.M.N. Edition,Paris, France.

1996

article:  Zürchervisionen“, Nikon-News Nr.4, Küsnacht, Switzerland.
article:  Bilder aus der Farbbüchse, Züritip (10th May), Zürich, Switzerland.
article:  Himmelstürmend , NZZ (23rd May), Zürich, Switzerland.

1995

article: „L’homme qui voulait être dans la caméra“, Tribune de Genève( 21st April), Geneva, Switzerland.
catalogue:  Quarterly Magazine for Photography’, Odense, Denmark.

1994

catalogue; „Images et Imagiers d’Artistes“, Le Pecq sur Seine, France.
catalogue:Borderline“(Fototage festival), Frankfurt/ M, Germany.

1993

article: ‘Atlas Journalmagazine, Paris, France.

1992

catalogue:Portraits d’une Capitale“, Musée Carnevalet, Paris, France.
catalogue:Mois de la Photo 92“, Paris, France.
catalogue:Imagina“, Almediterranea 92, Almeria, Spain.
catalogue solo:Visueller Brückenschlag“, Bad Oldesloe, Germany.

1991

article: in The Independent (3rd Nov), London, England.
article: „Una Imagen“ El País’ (23rd Nov), Madrid, Spain.

1990

article: „L’oeil cyclope“- ‘Le Monde (27th Feb), Paris, France.
catalogue solo: „Voyage en Seine et Marne“, Centre Photographique de Ile de France, Pontault combault ,France.

1989

article: "American Photographer Magazine" (mai), New York, U.S.A.
article: "Photographie magazine" (april), Switzerland.
article: "Photo magazine",Amsterdam, Holland.

Cataloque: La Nouvelle photgraphie Ancienne, edition Argraphie, France

1988

catalogue: "Splendeurs et Misères du Corps, Paris Audiovisuel, France..
article: Le Monde’, Paris, France.
catalogue: "Artothèque, Toulouse, France.
catalogue: "Foco 88, Madrid, Spain.
catalogue: "Through a Pin-Hole Darkly, FAMLI Museum of Long Island ,U.S.A.
article:  New York Times, N.Y., U.S.A.
article:  Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem,  Israe.l

Cataloque: "Terre Lumiere", Minister of Cultuer, Gers, France.

Article: Modern Photography magazine (July), New York, U.S.A.

article: Modern Photography magazine (septmber), New Yorl, U.S.A.

Cataloque: "Skyline", The Tel Aviv Museum of fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.

1986

Article: "Liberation", Paris, France.

Article: Kunst Heft magazine, Germany.

Article: Hamburger Abendblatt (nr.107), Hamburg, Germany.

Article: Color Foto magazine - portfolio, Germany.

Cataloque: Foco 86 festival-pinhole photography, Madrid, Spain.

1985

Reportage: Stern Magazine (Mai), Hamburg, Germany.

1984

Cataloque: "Mois de la Photo a Paris", Paris Audiovisuel, France.

1983

Cataloque solo: Ilan Wolff Photography, Galerie XYZ, Gent, Belguim.