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Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection
Ben-Gurion visits Moshe Dayan in the hospital
Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection
IN PHOTOS: Israel's leaders as you've not seen them before
For 35 years, Dan Hadani's photos agency documented hundreds of moments in Israel's history. A collection of these photos, now open to the public at the National Library, reveals what life in Israel was like in the second half of the 20th century.
The Dan Hadani collection, now opened to the public at the National Library of Israel, features hundreds of photos from the nation's history taken over a 35-year period. Among the rare moments immortalized in the photographs are David Ben-Gurion visiting Moshe Dayan after the latter was injured during an archeological dig; author S. Y. Agnon receiving the news that he had won the Nobel Literature Prize; Ariel Sharon and Rehavam Ze'evi during the Four Days March, and many others.

 

 

The collection of media photographs from the Israel Press & Photo Agency (IPPA) serves as another angle into Israeli history, society and culture during the second half of the 20th century.

 

Former Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion visits then defense minister Moshe Dayan after the latter was injured during an archeological dig, March 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Former Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion visits then defense minister Moshe Dayan after the latter was injured during an archeological dig, March 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Former prime minister David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres at the Rafi Party convention in 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Former prime minister David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres at the Rafi Party convention in 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Menachem Begin during a military parade in Jerusalem in 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Menachem Begin during a military parade in Jerusalem in 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

IDF soldiers in Jerusalem with a photo of King Hussein of Jordan on the fifth day of the Six-Day War, 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
IDF soldiers in Jerusalem with a photo of King Hussein of Jordan on the fifth day of the Six-Day War, 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

IDF Independence Day Parade passing by the Old City's walls, Jerusalem 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
IDF Independence Day Parade passing by the Old City's walls, Jerusalem 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Jordanian captives in East Jerusalem, June 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Jordanian captives in East Jerusalem, June 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

The Western Wall, about a week after the end of the Six-Day War, June 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
The Western Wall, about a week after the end of the Six-Day War, June 1967 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

 

Dan Hadani, a resident of Givatayim, is a Holocaust survivor who made aliyah to Israel and served in the IDF Spokesman's Unit, where he was first exposed to the world of mass media.

 

He founded the IPPA in 1965 and it remained active until 2000. Hadani used to work with mostly amateur photographers, and the collection contains photographs from some 200 different photographers.

Deputy IDF chief Ezer Weizman and defense minister Moshe Dayan at the opening of the IDF exhibition, August 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Deputy IDF chief Ezer Weizman and defense minister Moshe Dayan at the opening of the IDF exhibition, August 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Col. Ariel Sharon, center, with Maj. Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi during the Four Days March in 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Col. Ariel Sharon, center, with Maj. Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi during the Four Days March in 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Minister Moshe Dayan with Yitzhak Navon at the first Rafi Party convention, January 1964 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Minister Moshe Dayan with Yitzhak Navon at the first Rafi Party convention, January 1964 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

 

Defense minister Moshe Dayan at the opening of the IDF exhibtion, August 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Defense minister Moshe Dayan at the opening of the IDF exhibtion, August 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

IDF chief Yitzhak Rabin with David Elazar, who will later go on to be the IDF chief as well, in August 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
IDF chief Yitzhak Rabin with David Elazar, who will later go on to be the IDF chief as well, in August 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Minister Yigal Allon with IDF chief Haim Bar-Lev, January 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Minister Yigal Allon with IDF chief Haim Bar-Lev, January 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

The IDF's first chief of staff Yaakov Dori with Maj. Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi at the opening of the IDF exhibition, 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
The IDF's first chief of staff Yaakov Dori with Maj. Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi at the opening of the IDF exhibition, 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

 

Throughout the agency's 35 years, it collected photographs sent from photographers from all across the country. These photos document Israel from the days before the Six-Day War and until the second intifada: Wars, peace accords, settlements, terror attacks, protests, political upsets, cultural events and more.

 

Alongside those, there are also photos depicting day-to-day life, which allow for a glimpse into Israeli society and culture as it was during the second and third generations since the establishment of the state.

Author S.Y. Agnon after being told he had won the Nobel Literature Prize, August 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Author S.Y. Agnon after being told he had won the Nobel Literature Prize, August 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Actor Chaim Topol, September 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Actor Chaim Topol, September 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Then MK Shulamit Aloni at the inauguration ceremony for the Knesset building, September 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Then MK Shulamit Aloni at the inauguration ceremony for the Knesset building, September 1966 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Actor and singer Arik Lavie and wife actress Shoshik Shani, September 1969 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Actor and singer Arik Lavie and wife actress Shoshik Shani, September 1969 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Politician Geulah Cohen with poet Abba Kovner, December 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Politician Geulah Cohen with poet Abba Kovner, December 1968 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

Prime minister Golda Meir and Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, May 1969 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
Prime minister Golda Meir and Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, May 1969 (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

 

President Zalman Shazar during the 1967 Independence Day parade (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)
President Zalman Shazar during the 1967 Independence Day parade (Photo: Dan Hadani, of the IPPA collection)

 

The collection's importance lies mostly in the fact Hadani worked primarily with foreign agencies. Unlike Israeli photographers and media, whose angle of photography and coverage was news-based and often cynical, the photographs in the collection feature a different look at the nation, as seen from the eyes of foreigners.

 


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