About the Ebook
What started out as a spontaneous adventure in 1993 to Cuba, an island deeply isolated and in economic crisis, evolved into a passionate love affair and a personal quest spanning over two decades.
A confusing paradox between the masculine militarism and homoerotic companionship evoked recollections of my past, conjuring memories of growing up in a young, macho and militarist Israel.
Looking a bit Latin, picking up on the local dialect and adopting familiar body gestures, I blended in. I made friends and lived in their remote country houses. I dined with their families and socialised with their friends, all the while walking the thin line between observer and participant, gathering homoerotic and homo-social experiences, capturing secret love stories with my camera.
Born in 1970 in a suburb of Tel-Aviv to parents of Moroccan and Egyptian origin, Kobi Israel began his exploration of photography in 1994 when he was a flight attendant. His camera always with him, he immortalized his experiences around the world, as can be seen in his early works. In his own words: “I use the camera as an extension of my body and senses, like I use my eyes or hands. When I ‘photograph’, I ask, I feel, I explore, I fantasize, I discover, I try to understand...” In 1996, he studied cinematography at the New York Film Academy. He then returned to Tel-Aviv for a five-year program in Cinematography and Still Photography at Camera Obscura, the school of visual arts in Tel-Aviv, graduating in 2001. In 2002 after a brief stint in Madrid, Kobi settled in London, where he started working on a series of photography and mixed-media bodies of work exploring the multiple layers of human identity and the quest for self-definition. This project is divided into evolving chapters of