Kobi Israel's Homoerotic Photography

10.24.2012

By Out.com Editors

The artist discusses his portraits of Israeli and Cuban men

What drew you to photograph Israeli soldiers?
Like most Israelis, I joined the army at the age of 18. I took it for granted -- it was a part of life. I didn’t feel anything erotic about wearing a uniform or having communal showers with other young men; if anything, I was confused and horrified about my sexuality. When I moved to London, I found many people fascinated by the fact that I had served in the army for three years. I started seeing things from their perspective, from a “foreign” eye -- the distance in time and place made me reflect on the challenges and conflicts I faced back then. So it was, in fact, that foreign gaze -- seeing things from someone else’s eyes -- that drew me to shoot “Views,” my portraits of Israeli men.

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