Mahane Yehuda Market – The Israelis

This market in Tel Aviv has been around since shortly after the neighborhood was established in 1887. Walking through the narrow stalls, you can feel the history. There are the classic market scenes of people picking out the choicest fruits, and haggling over the price of fresh fish. What caught my eye most was the shadows and light, and the beauty of the Israeli people. So this week, a few images from the Mahane Yehuda Market.



28 thoughts on “Mahane Yehuda Market – The Israelis

  1. Hello Russ,

    These images are just incredible, looks like a documentary 🙂

    We gets a feel of being there in the market space with all the buzz around…

    Thanks a lot for sharing…

  2. Lovely photos. As always, you are an artist with light, shadows, and faces, and you have such a gift for placing the viewer in the scene.

  3. Fabulous photos, and I love the shadows and light (especially like that second photo). As everyone else has commented, I feel like I have stepped into the market with you.

    • Hey Lynne, while I’m sure the security presence was there, it was not overt. These were made back in November though, so I suspect some things have changed in light of the current situation.

  4. Wonderful series of images. I love the pockets of sunlight crossing the stalls too.
    You’ve captured the atmosphere of the market place perfectly.

  5. Lovely! What is your approach to photographing passerby on the streets? Do you ask permission to photograph them or sit back in the distance and zoom in? In Cuba it was easy for me to snap away but when I was in Rthiopia street photography was impossible as were candid shots unless I asked permission or took the photo from a moving car.

    • On the streets I rarely ask for permission. The moment I do the entire atmosphere of the scene changes. It does vary from culture to culture. In Morocco, it was very difficult to shoot and I needed to ask for permission on occasion. I seldom use a zoom. Most of the time I’m using a 35mm or 50mm lens so that I can get in close. It’s not like I totally don’t ask for permission either. The camera is big, it’s obvious what I’m doing, and if people are resistant they let me know. A smile goes a long way.

      • Thanks so much! This is truly helpful. When I was in Ethiopia, I asked a lot because people seemed to get angry when they caught me. But I agree, it completely takes away from the meaning of street photography and the photos are never as good. In Cuba, I snapped away and the photos turned out great. I just returned from Bolivia and was able to take more candid shots but a few times people got very angry. It is a tough balance. Thanks so much for giving me your advice. Yes a smile does go a long way indeed! 🙂

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