at the NY Art Book Fair, why is it so important to you?
Dafy Hagai: It’s super important for female photographers to self-publish so they can share their ideas and aesthetic perceptions.
An Arab girl might be dragged along by her mother, but in Mamilla Mall, most girls can be found happily shopping, both day and night with no sign of BDS, Boycott, Divest or Sanctions.
Just because a girl is under twenty doesn't mean she has to be a sweetheart.
I shot all over the suburban parts of Tel Aviv and the center of Israel, looking for places that didn't have a distinct cultural look and reminded me more of those American teen films that I had seen growing up.
Are there any political messages embedded in the pictures? Dafy Hagai: It’s more of a cultural statement than a political one.
Collaborating with other girls so we can create communities and platforms where we can promote and support each other.
If you didn’t know, Israeli gals also serve in the military at age 18.
And famlies enjoyed posing with this snowman last week.For the most part, Tel Aviv and the center of Israel aren’t conservative or religious, so these are just girls dealing with growing up, learning about their body, ownership and sexuality.These girls aren’t that different from girls growing up in Jersey, but it’s funny that people are surprised to see Israeli girls the way I shot them, as if they were supposed to be more modest or religious!But behind the cheeky smiles and nostalgia-inducing snaps, essentially, Hagai, who is often surprised to hear that people expect these girls to be covered up and conservative, is championing a generation of females exploring their sexuality, body ownership and the beauty of girl power amongst an uncertain political and social climate.Below, we chat to the photographer about the project as we showcase a selection of images from her just released book.?
She’s a favorite of mine, I could see it within a split second!