Period of activity:
|creation, floral, still-life, landscape, portrait, sociology|
|collage, color, black & white, processes|
|Germany, Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Spain, United States, France, Greece, Hungary, Eire (lreland), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Mali, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, Russia, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey|
1936 born Anna Lisa Cantoni, 4 January in Rome, Italy
1952 baccalaureate at the Lycée Chateaubriand (lycée français of Rome). Buys a Zeiss Ikon to take souvenir photos during a trip to Morocco
1953-1955 studies political science in Paris
1955-1958 studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
1959 marries Samuel Bak, artist painter
1960 birth of Daniela
1962 birth of Ilana
1971 birth of Mikhal
1979 since 1979, she starts to photograph more and more, and gradually replaces her work as a sculptor with photography. She takes advice from professional photographers such as Ioram Rubin, Micha Bar-Am (IL), Beni Karmazine (F) with whom she learns to make prints from the color negative and Roberto Cavanna (I) with whom she learns to make prints from cibachrome
1983 completely abandons sculpture
1984-1985 series, 'Beaubourg-Reflexions' in color on the radiation of Centre Georges Pompidou
1985-1986 works in color 20 x 30 cm format on poetic graffiti 'Walls and the Mind'
1986 works in color 50 x 70 cm format 'Faded flowers'
1987 portraits and self-portraits (portraits of Israeli artists and writers) which are published in 1988. Separation from her husband
1987-1988 triptych portraits
1992-1995 series 'Danger' warning signs and fence surrounding the construction sites (large formats, reconstituted landscapes, non-existent)
1994-1998 large Mexican compositions that can be taken apart, glued on wood
1995-1997 series 'Rythms' scaffoldings of construction sites (b/w printed in camayeux of one color)
1995-1998 series 'Serenity' b/w small formats, revealed with a paintbrush (many variations on one negative)
1996 she says: 'I have worked for a long time as a painter and sculptor. Now it's photography which interests me. The most important things for me are color and light, as well as a rigorous composition. In all, the plastic values rather than the documentary side. Like a painter, you can take a picture in all beauty from an insignificant subject. In order to obtain precisely what I want, it seems to me indispensable that I make my prints myself, especially for the color. The link with reality seems essential to me: it is possible to go a long way into the abstract, but personally I do not like going to the limit. It is necessary for me to understand what has been seen, in order to be interested in the way it is seen. Photography is above all, about witnessing (personally) and communication. I am not much interested in technical effects although of course, I respect them in other people's work, but more in the eye behind the camera and the mind behind this eye. There are a thousand ways of seeing the 'truth' or reality. The more there are and the more they are different, the more interesting it is. In short, photography is perhaps a way of speaking about tolerance'.
2000 she goes back to painting. Mixes photography and painting in different series such as 'Ghosts'
2010 'Metro' digital photos in Stockholm
2014 series, 'Intérieurs: jeux de lumière'
1973-1988 sculptures (IL) + (USA)
1985 Zavta, Tel Aviv (IL). Bibliothèque municipale, Beer-Sheva (IL). Galerie Debel, Jerusalem (IL). Galerie Pucker, Boston (USA)
1986 Galerie Cour St Pierre, Genève (CH) 'Fleurs Fanées'
1987 Galerie Cour St Pierre, Genève (CH) 'Les murs et l'esprit'. La Bottega dell'Immagine, Roma (I) 'Reflets Beaubourg'
1988 Debel Gallery, Jerusalem (IL)
1994 THE GLAG Ashdod Museum (IL) + (IL)
2014 Fondation Auer Ory pour la photographie, Hermance GE (CH) 'Essais 1970-1996'
1995 Tova Osman Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv (IL)
2012 MOUVANCES OU LES TRIBULATIONS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DANS LE MONDE DE L'ART 1888-2012 Collection M+M Auer, Fondation Auer Ory pour la photographie Hermance, Bac/Le Commun, Genève (CH)
Books / Monographies
1988 'Reflections. Portraits and Selfportraits of Israeli Artists' Pragma, Tel Aviv (IL)
2014 'Anna Bak. Essais 1970-1996' Carnet n° 8, Fondation Auer Ory pour la photographie, Hermance GE (CH) & texte + Michèle Auer (300 exemplaires dont 100 n° et signés pour les Amis M+M)
1992 'Auer index des photographes de 1839 à nos jours' Editions Camera Obscura, Hermance (CH) & Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris (F)
1997 'Cd-Rom des photographes des débuts à nos jours' Ides et Calendes, Neuchâtel (CH), Michèle + Michel Auer
2012 catalogue 'Mouvances ou les tribulations de la photographie dans le monde de l'art, 1888-2012. Collection Michèle et Michel Auer' Fondation Auer Ory pour la photographie, Hermance GE (CH), Cäsar Mentz, Philippe L. Gross, Peter Knapp, Alain Fleig, Claude Marie Maillard, Michèle Ory Auer
Press / Magazines
2014 Rive gauche magazine Vesenaz (CH) n° 15/automne/hiver: exposiiton Anna Bak. Tribune de Genève (CH) 2 dec
Rose Museum Brandes University MA (USA); Beer-Sheva Municipal Library (IL); private collections in Israel, France, USA; Israel Museum Youth Wing Jerusalem (IL)...