This accession consists of seventy photographs taken by Nir Bareket in 1994, documenting the March of the Living trip. This collection includes images of the participants visiting Jewish cemeteries in Warsaw and Lublin, the Jewish ghetto in Krakow, the Auschwitz Museum and Camp, Birkenau Camp, Majdanek Camp and Treblinka Camp, and finally, the Yad Vashem Museum and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Nir Bareket (né Zaidband) was born in Haifa, Palestine on May 7, 1939 to Esther and David Zaidband. Esther was of Sephardic heritage while David was of Ashkenazi heritage. Growing up, Nir had two siblings: an older brother, Yosi, and an older sister, Talila. Yosi, who was ten years older than Nir, was killed serving in the Palmach, an elite branch of the Haganah. Years later, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Nir adopted the surname Bareket (Hebrew for emerald) so that his name would sound more Israeli.
In 1964, Nir moved to the United States. He studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography and the New York School of Visual Art. In 1966, he became the chief photographer for Batten, Barton, Dustin & Osborne's communication design centre. In April 1967, he married Eti Belotzkervoskia; Eti and Nir's first daughter, Eedit, was born the next year.
In 1969 or 1970, the family of three moved to Geneva, Switzerland. During this time, Nir worked for Investors Overseas Services Ltd. (IOS) as their chief photographer. But while he lived in Geneva, Nir's job required him to frequently cross the border into France.
In 1971 or 1972, the family of three moved again, this time to Jerusalem. From 1972 to 1975, Nir worked for the Israel Museum as their chief photographer. In 1973, Eti and Nir's second daughter, Mika, was born.
In 1975, the family of four moved to Toronto. There, Nir started the Bareket Studio of Photography. In 1990, Eti and Nir split up.
Nir continued to be an active photographer, acting, for example, as the official photographer of the March of the Living trip, which is overseen by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto as part of the Canadian Israel Experience program. The trip, which takes place in Europe and the Middle East, operates each year and is intended to expose a new generation of Jews to two of the most significant events in modern Jewish history: the Shoah (Holocaust) and the creation of the State of Israel. The photographs he took on this trip were displayed at an exhibition held at the Koffler Centre of the Arts' Loggia Galery in 1995.
Throughout his career, Nir has taken part in approximately thity-five exhibitions that were held in a number of locations including Toronto, New York City, Jerusalem, China, and Cuba. Some of his notable displays have included the March of the Living (1995) and his series on Toronto's homeless population, which was held at BCE Place from 2000 to 2001.
Over the course of his career, Nir taught photography at several institutions including George Brown College, York University, Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, and the New York Institute of Photography.
Nir died on May 12, 2015. He left behind longtime partner Wendy Wright; daughters Eedit and Mika; and grandchildren Dar, Kallee, and Carmelle.
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