Irina Rozovsky


One to Nothing
One to Nothing describes a fight that has no beginning or end, its players locked in eternal opposition. These photographs were made in Israel, a place of historic conflict where it is not always clear who is the victor and the victim. To an outsider watching the news, the score may appear easy to tally, but once immersed in the country itself, the struggle takes on daunting proportions and complexities. It is a Gordian knot, becoming ever more tightly coiled as you try to unravel it.

These photographs are not political. They are not meant to defend a side or critique the problem. In Israel I had the privilege as a photographer of being removed from the hard facts, and instead moved by the echoes of conflicts and oppositions that became evident in the fabric of everyday life. These are images about the immensity of a struggle, the helplessness of the individuals in its midst, and a beauty that seeps through the tension.

All images are Untitled from One to Nothing (2010).

Irina Rozovsky is a Moscow-born, Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited and published in the US and abroad. Her new book One to Nothing (Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg) was released in 2011 and named as one of the best photo books of the year by Alec Soth and photo-eye Magazine. Irina teaches photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. website