Selected Works

David Kassman was born in 1971, in Kffar Saba, Israel. 

For over twenty years, Kassman has traveled all over the world photographing people and places that he encounters. He photographs in both urban and rural communities all over the world but his main regional focuses are Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, and the Far East. He strongly portrays the themes of identity and cultural displacement in his work. 

His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and private collections worldwide. Moreover, he teaches photography at Shenkar University of Art, located in Tel Aviv. 

 

About The Spiderman Project:

In the heart of the urban jungle, amidst the vibrant chaos of Times Square, a photograph snapped on a rainy June day became the catalyst for David Kassman’s captivating exhibition: “The Spiderman Project.” The image featured a costumed Spiderman, one of many willing to pose with tourists for a dollar. This chance encounter intrigued Kassman, planting the seed for a remarkable photographic odyssey.

The year was 2006, a period marked by the outbreak of the Second Israel-Lebanon war. David’s younger brother, Ran, a soldier in an elite reserve unit, was called into action. After enduring a month of agonizing uncertainty, Ran returned home physically unharmed, but the emotional scars ran deep. The horrors of war, especially the loss of his best friend in a Hezbollah ambush, haunted him. David, a compassionate listener to his brother’s stories, was inspired to embark on his next photography venture.

Thus began a remarkable journey where two worlds collided. For over four years, the Kassman brothers traversed conflict zones in Israel and across the globe. Ran transformed into a superhero, donning the Spiderman costume, a symbolic escape from his past and a pursuit of a future unburdened by trauma. In the blink of an eye, he’d go from scaling walls to racing ahead, mirroring his own escape from the past’s haunting memories.

Their explorations took them from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin to the ancient Olive Mountain cemetery, from the desolate Dead Sea to the imposing Separation Wall. Each photograph was a tapestry, woven with the threads of Jewish history and the Israeli experience.

Kassman’s works, like Spiderman himself, are multi-layered. The compositions burst with color and allure, appealing to audiences of all ages. Spiderman’s action-packed presence seemingly leaps out of the frame, ready to rescue. Yet, a closer examination reveals a vulnerable figure, resting his head against the Wailing Wall, seeking answers amid the turmoil of their land.

Spiderman, an iconic and universal symbol, stands in the midst of pivotal moments in Jewish history. Still, his foreign and alien presence against the stark backdrop of separation raises questions about belonging and identity.

The journey concludes at the Giza pyramid complex, with Spiderman soaring above the golden sands of Cairo. After years of physical and emotional exploration, Ran’s transformation into a hero, not a superhero, is complete. He chooses the path of the resilient human hero, looking ahead with unwavering determination.

Kassman, now 44, initially captured the remote tribes of the African savannah, gaining recognition in National Geographic. Later, he transitioned into the realm of artistic photography. His humanitarian work with The Urban Zen Foundation and his artistic achievements have earned him a place in museums and private collections across the United States and Europe.

In the end, The Spiderman Project is not just a photographic exhibition; it’s a journey of transformation, resilience, and the enduring spirit of the human hero within us all.