Ari Glass (1897-1973) was born in Germany. World War I halted his plans to study engineering and he was recruited into the army where he became a commando officer and later a combat pilot. At the end of the war, he enrolled in art studies and begun teaching art in Berlin. His son Uzi was born in Germany, later going on to become the developer of the fames Uzi assault rifle.
With the rise of the Nazi regime, Ari made aliyah to Israel and settled in Kibbutz Yagur where he painted, took photographs and taught art. His knowledge in photography and his training as a pilot came in useful for the Haganah (the Jewish resistance movement) as well, where he assisted in flights aimed at collecting intelligence information prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.
In the 50’s, Ari left the Kibbutz and settled in the Old City of Akko. The photographs shown here were taken during that period. A large selection of his works, paintings, photographs, etchings and prints were held by his grandson Gal, who passed on the collection to the laboratory at Bitmuna.