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A Vision for Eye From Zion

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Field of Vision, a new series by photographer Vardi Kahana, documents the people touched by Eye from Zion, an Israeli organization that provides free ocular medical treatment to needy populations around the world. To date, delegations have worked in Vietn

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:43 pm
“Photography helps people to see,” the photographer Berenice Abbott once said. Perhaps that’s the reason that Israeli non-profit organization Eye from Zion chose photography as a primary medium for spreading its message across the globe and photographer Vardi Kahana as one of its goodwill ambassadors.

Founded in 2007, Eye from Zion provides free medical treatment to needy populations around the world, specifically oculoplastic, cataract and cross-eye corrective surgeries. To date, delegations have worked in Vietnam, Myanmar and Ethiopia. The organization’s mission is “to give the best medical aid, and at the same time, deliver a message of mutual humanitarian aid in the spirit and values of the State of Israel and of the Jewish Heritage.”

Kahana has been volunteering with the organization since 2009, “document[ing] the work of the doctors in the operating rooms: the poor conditions, the improvised equipment in the clinics, the local patients, the pre-and-post-op situation.

“The experience was overwhelming. Cataract operations are a simple procedure, and very common in the western world, but in countries with no public health care, people go blind simply because they cannot afford treatment.”

In addition to documentary photography, Kahana also created a series of portraits, stating, “I was fascinated by the way people looked before and after their operations. the cloudy, infected eye, the mark on the forehead, the family escort, the tattoos.”

“In every clinic, I set up a tiny studio where I took portraits of the patients. The arrival of the medical delegation in the villages was a big event, so many local friends and relatives joined in my little studio and asked to be photographed as well.”

Kahana, who began her career as a photojournalist in the 1980s, has exhibited in both solo shows and group shows. Her most recent show, Field of Vision, the portrait series from Eye from Zion, is now on display at the Yad LaBanim art gallery in Ramat Hasharon; it can also be viewed on Vardi Kahana’s website.

Visit the Eye from Zion website to learn more about this worthy organization.

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:36 pm

That is really lovely. So many people have so little hope in countries with few resources, medical and otherwise. This is quite a gift to humanity.

Caroline S (78)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:50 pm
Great, great organization.

Patricia Martin (19)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:54 pm

Tremendous work!

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:11 am
Another organisation doing valiant work for the good of man.

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:58 am
Another gift from an intelligent, dedicated culture.

Kenneth L (314)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:30 am
Valuable help indeed, thanks.

Russell R (87)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:41 am
To give without want!

Debra Tate (17)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 8:44 am
great work!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:20 am
thats great

S S (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:09 pm
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 8:40 pm
Thanks Beth---it gives me a little hope!

Chanah B. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:27 pm
What a giving, productive and impressive organization!

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 12:50 am
Israel gives more than it has to give and keeps on giving.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:20 am
Noted, thanks.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 5, 2013, 1:20 am
Basic treatment what should be available, worldwide...

John De Avalon (36)
Friday July 5, 2013, 8:18 am
A comforting reminder that there are many good people in the world...

John De Avalon (36)
Friday July 5, 2013, 8:19 am
There are some other organisations that do similar work too it should be noted....

Lady Az (0)
Monday August 12, 2013, 9:01 am
Thanks for sharing

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