Daniel Tsal.

Daniel Tsal Wins Photography Prize Honoring Young Israeli Artists

Artist Daniel Tsal has been named the winner of the 2018 Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist. He is the fourth recipient of the annual $5,000 prize, which will also grant him the opportunity to stage a solo show of his work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1985, Tsal studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and at Staedelschule in Frankfurt, where he worked with Martha Rosler, Wolfang Tillmans, and Simon Starling. Best known for his photographs and installations of the body, color fields, and domestic interiors, Tsal often explores notions of sexuality and attempts to strike a balance between staged and spontaneous photography.

The prize’s jury comprised Doron Rabina, the chief curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Luca Lo Pinto, curator at Kunsthalle Wien; and Brendan Embser, the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Commenting on Tsal’s work, the judges said: “Tsal extricates from mundane activities quiet dramas, a call for reprieve and for halting the gaze. . . . His photography excels in distilling humanity from the prosaic, from the marginal, from that which does not seek to be seen, remembered and become an image.”