Ron Amir (born in Israel, 1973) is a photographer who lives and works in Tel Aviv. In 2003 Ron graduated from Beit -Berl College, a multidisciplinary academic institution that is active in education, society, art, and culture.
Ron’s works were exhibited nationally and internationally in places like: The Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; Kornerpark Gallery, Berlin; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Art Ein Harod; Haifa Museum of art; Dvir Gallery Tel-aviv; Hezi Cohen Gallery Tel-aviv; Hamidrasha Gallery Tel-Aviv; and Um El Fachem Art Gallery.
Ron currently teaches photography at Beit Berl College, Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv, and Musrara School of Art in Jerusalem.
The starting point in understanding Amir's photography is the dichotomy between his personal interest in political, cultural, and socioeconomical issues, mostly in the margins of society, on the one hand, and canonical, rigorous, even formalistic photography on the other hand. This dual commitment turns the camera into a social interaction tool as much as an image capturing and production tool and the conflict between those two aspects gives birth to an (external) moment of reconciliation.
Amir's photography is related to the tradition of mid-20th-century social photography and modern art in general, and at the same time diverges from it. The dual commitment and tension it evokes position his practice beyond critical logic, as it cannot be reduced to a purely political position. In the same vein, and given that the photographs are professionally produced in all technical aspects, it is never purely authentic, even when taken in a run-down dwellings, a construction site or drug den.