About Ahikam Seri
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Ahikam Seri took up photography when his friend introduced him to a makeshift darkroom at his parents’ warehouse in 1993. During multiple trips to China, India, Japan and south Asia in the 90s, he deepened his interest in documentary photography and between 1995 and 1998 studied photography in Jerusalem. Since 1998 he has been freelancing as an independent photojournalist.
His work has appeared in major international titles such as Politiken, L'espresso, Time, US News & World Report, Paris Match, Ei8ht, Private, IoDonna, D La Repubblica Delle Donne, Le Monde, Financial Times and Independent Magazine, among many others. Ahikam Seri is a member of the London-based agency Panos Pictures.
Seri has covered top-news stories in Israel and the Palestinian territories including the 2nd Palestinian Intifada, Arafat’s funeral, Israel’s pullout from Gaza, the 2nd Lebanon War and the Gaza War, to name a few.
His in-depth reportage on unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel received an IFDP grant from FiftyCrows and an Allroads award from National Geographic. Another report, on hard-line Jewish settlers in the West Bank, was projected at Visa Pour L’image and provided unprecedented insight to a usually closed community. A report on African migrants in Israel was also projected at Visa Pour L’image. A report on the life of Druze in the Golan Heights was exhibited as part of Phot'Aix photo festival in Aix Eu-Provence, France. Other works have received awards from Nikon and PDN, been exhibited at Reportage Photo Festival, and featured in noted group projects such as 'This Day of Change' by Kodansha (Japan), as well as 'Nazar' and 'Act of Faith' by Noorderlicht (Holland).
Born Jerusalem, Israel, September 25, 1972
1998-present Photojournalist, member of Panos Pictures
2013-present Stringer JRI at Agence France-Presse (AFP)
1995-1998 Graduate, photography studies, Hadassah College, Jerusalem
2015 Best Foreign Photograph, IV 'Helie Memorial', Spain
2014 Curator’s Choice, 'News' & 'Summer 2014', “Local Testimony”, Israel
2012 Curator’s Choice ‘News’, “Local Testimony”, Israel
2011 1st place 'News' singles, "Local Testimony", Israel
2008 "PDN Photo Annual" award, PDN, USA
2008 1st place 'Politics' singles, "Local Testimony", Israel
2007 2nd place 'Religion' singles, 3rd ‘News’ series, "Local Testimony", Israel
2006 "AOP Document" Feature bronze award, Assoc. of Photographers UK
2004 "All Roads" photography award, National Geographic, USA
2003 "Intl. Fund for Documentary Photography" grant, FiftyCrows, USA
2003 1st place "2002-2003 NPCI", Nikon, Japan
Selected group exhibitions and books:
2014 Solo projection, "Visa Pour L’image", Perpignan, France
2013 "Regards Croises" exhibition, "Phot'Aix" festival, Aix Eu-Provence, France
2012 "Longing" exhibition, "International Photography Festival" Tel Aviv, Israel
2012 Solo projection, Guernsey photo festival, UK
2010 Solo projection, Reportage photo festival, Sydney, Australia
2010 "Decade" exhibition, "DocuClub", Tel Aviv, Israel
2009 "This Day of Change" book by Kodansha / Courrier Japon, Japan
2007 "Reality Crossings" exhibition, Mannheim Photo Festival, Germany
2007 "Act of Faith" exhibition and book by "Noorderlicht", Holland
2005 "Nazar" exhibition, "FotoFest", Houston, USA
2004 Solo projection, "Visa Pour L’image", Perpignan, France
2004 "Nazar" exhibition and book by "Noorderlicht", Holland