| 40 | Jerusalem, Israel.
Photographer, Traveler

I am a Jerusalem photographer. 

What does that mean? I was born and raised in this extraordinary city. I live and breath it every day. I live and breath its beauty, its holy air, its heart breaking conflict, its hopes and dreams, its nightmares and fears. I walk its streets and see humanity from everywhere. Jews. Palestinians. Secular visionaries. And secular people who want to flee. Believers and fanatics who think they have the answers.  Religious pilgrims. Powerful politicians. Crazy politicians. NGO’s struggling not only to survive, but to make a difference. Artists. Musicians. And a whole lot of insane seekers. 

I am a person that only Jerusalem could create. A father from the eastern provinces of Turkey, a son of Babylonian Jewry. He is a man with thousands of years of roots in the Middle-East. An Ashkenazi mother from America. I grew Haredi, ultra orthodox. Then I realized I was gay. I understand joy and pain. I understand the human condition.  Yes, I am someone only Jerusalem could give birth to. 

I pour all of this into my photography. My name is Daniel Rachamim Aloni. Daniel means the Judge of God. Rachamim means mercy. Aloni means of the oak tree. Throw it all together, and I was born to be a Jerusalem photographer, a witness to not only this city, but to humanity. 

The people who have influenced my photography are classic photographers such as -  Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Don McCullin and Sebastio Salgado. All artists of humanity and landscape. All communicators of emotion through their art. 

Currently I am a part of the architectural movement of place-making  in Jerusalem in which I document the way architects build for the people and to the people. 

Let’s talk about the photography you need.

Eden , Jerusalem biennale, OA studios, DY architects, Hebrew university, Israel aquarium, Tell Aviv department of psychology, The Jerusalem open house.