WHEN ROMKE HOOGWAERTS and Grace Leigh were creating the ambitious third issue of their
“abstract magazine” Mossless, comprised of more than 500 images made in America in the past decade
by 100 photographers, photo books provided a lot of inspiration. (For more about Mossless, see our
feature, “Just Do It,” on page 38.) One in particular, Cornell Capa’s Israel/The Reality, was a touchstone.
Capa, the great photojournalist, served as the editor for the book, which was published in 1969 to
accompany an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City. It included black-and-white images
by 42 photographers who had worked in Israel. Among them were Capa’s brother, Robert, Leonard
Freed, Burt Glinn, Charles Harbutt, Arnold Newman, Don McCullin and David “Chim” Seymour.
By bringing together so many different photographic voices, the book “created a fascinating portrait
of Israel in all corners of life,” Hoogwaerts says. “From war to raising children; from architecture to
coastal life. It was a magnificent book and a great inspiration to us.”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGH T: The cover of Israel/The Reality, a collection of work by 42 photographers edited by Cornell Capa; the festival at Merón, 1955, by Ken Heyman;
paratroopers attacking the Old City, 1967, by Don McCullin; politicians and oil workers, 1955, by David Rubinger; families and farmers, 1952, by Izis (Israel Bidermanas).