The creation of images has been a pursuit for Alon Shastel since boyhood. At the age of 10, he began using analog
cameras and developing the images in a darkroom constructed in the back of an old bus. Using film, he feels he can
establish a closer connection to nostalgic visions that relate to memories of his early years.
In his work, Shastel often documents youth in natural landscapes, reviving his childhood memories in
Israel. Throughout his photographs, youth remains an overarching theme, which he captures with rawness and
Largely cast from the street, his subjects appear in their natural state, without makeup and direct in their
expressions. But Alon Shastel’s work goes beyond a superficial representation of young people reconciling their
beauty and awkwardness. He finds a deeper resonance of the individual — hidden qualities that can be at once
intimate and unguarded.
Alon Shastel, born 1991 Tel Aviv, is a photographer based between Paris and Tel Aviv.
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