of Dan Porges
Dan Porges is an American Israeli photographer.
Upon Returning to his native Israel in 1996 from New
York City, he did fashion and advertising photography,
and started to do portrait photography.
Before and while photographing his subjects, Dan
Porges softens them up with small talk and a friendly
He has a very direct style where his subjects usually
look straight at the lens and talk to the camera with
Porges also looks for his subjects best facial side
and using proper studio lighting makes them look their
As a result he has been commissioned to take the portraits
of some of the most prominent people in the world both
in and outside of Israel.
He has photographed some of the most important
politicians, writers, musicians and artists in the world.His
portraits of Prof. Aaron Ciechanover and Prof. Avram Hershko,
the Israeli Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry in 2004 and
of Prof. Robert J. Aumann, winner of the prize in Economics
in 2005, were published in the Nobel committee books.
Porges was also commissioned to take the P.R. photos of Deputy
Prime Minister Shimon Peres, cellists Lynn Harrell and Ina
Joost, violinist Julian Rachlin, conductor Uriel Segal, writers
Andre Brink, David Grossman and Meir Shalev among many others.
Of course, Porges will photograph regular people as well.
Understanding music and rhythm and being a portraitist has
helped Porges take some breathtaking musical and dancing
He has worked for many orchestras, among them the Israel
This way Porges has portrayed many internationally famous
musicians, his photos were published worldwide.
Images of violinist Itzhak Perlman were used by the Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in a special book that came
out for a White House ceremony in Dec. 2003, when Maestro
Perlman received an award from President George W. Bush for
his life time achievements.
The photographs of Maestro Zubin Mehta conducting have been
widely published as well.
- To Dan Porges, the man who has the eye of an eagle, thank
you for the great photographs you took of me.
(Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel)
- I told my wife I have been photographed by many photographers.
Looking at the results I always thought I looked better
in real life than in the photos, except for in the images
Dan Porges took, where I looked better in the photos than
in real life.
(Prof. Avi Ravitzky, Jerusalem)
Dan Porges, Photographer