BY: DANIKA MOIR
Photos by Tomer Ifrah
What began as an assignment to capture a portrait of a Neve Tirza prisoner for an Israeli woman’s magazine turned into an intimate photo series created by Tomer Ifrah. Neve Tirza woman’s prison in Ramie, Central Israel, is the only Israeli women’s prison. During the time of Ifrah’s visit, there were about 180 prisoners, an incredibly small number compared to the country’s population of eight million.
Ifrah was inspired to create a long-term documentary based around the women in the prison. After getting approval from the prison’s governor, he would wander sections of the prison, and talk to the prisoners about their lives in and outside of the prison grounds. Aiming to capture the emotions and personal moments of the prisoners, Ifrah captured 500 pictures for the photo series he calls ‘Women’s Prison’. The women in the prison are from diverse backgrounds, many of which are part of powerless minorities.