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Shlomi Gil

He went through the Six Day War with Levi Eshkol, was like family to Yitzchak Rabin, saw Golda Meir at her weakest moment; he honored Menachem Begin, learned to appreciate Binyamin Netanyahu and to steer clear of Ehud Barak, saw what made Arik tick and adored Ehud Olmert. Photographer Moshe Milner has been at the side of Israeli prime ministers for half a century, his camera capturing their most fateful decisions and their human foibles.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The man who’s been responsible for making Israeli presidents and prime ministers look good to the world for the last half century has recently retired, but his iconic photographs remain an integral part of Israel’s modern chronicle. While landmark speeches and legislation might go down in history,MosheMilner knows that nothing sinks into the public consciousness like a good photo. Milner traveled around the globe with every prime minister fromLeviEshkol toBibiNetanyahu, and as chief photographer for the Government Press Office for decades, was clicking away while history was being made in the most newsworthy region in the world.  Milner, 69, was born in a German DP camp a year after the Holocaust and came toEretzYisrael with his parents when he was two. He began his career as a photographer for the fledgling state in the 1960s as a young soldier, following a military injury that landed him a transfer to the IDF Spokesman’s Office. Ever since then, he’s been holding a lens up to events and encounters that have impacted all our lives. Now that he’s left his post, he’s agreed to share his personal archive and provide a rare glimpse into a world where pictures make and break the world’s most influential men. “My career began withLeviEshkol,”MosheMilner recounts. “It was 1965 and after I was wounded and reassigned to the IDF Spokesman’s Office,YitzhakRabin, who was the chief of staff at the time, took a liking to me and appointed me his personal photographer.”

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