Hally Pancer

   The Holy Land Trilogy   (1988-2001)

Hally Pancer was born in 1961 in New York. She studied literature at Bennington college, completing her studies at Parsons School of Design (BFA) and Yale University (MFA). In 1988 after completing a large scale project in the United States, she moved to Israel continuing her photographic work while a professor of photography at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, WIZO College of Art and Design in Haifa and Kalisher School of Art in Tel Aviv. While in the region she completed a number of social documentary projects in an effort to influence public opinion regarding the Middle East Peace process, most notably, “The Holy Land Trilogy”. Part one (1988-1993) traveling from the north to the south of Israel for her portrait series; Some Arabs and some Jews. This work was exhibited throughout the country reaching both Arab and Jewish populations. Part two (1994-1997) The Golan; a series of landscapes from the disputed territory in the north of Israel probing the meaning of the Israeli occupation there. Part three, Beyond Borders (1995-2001) a landmark program uniting Israeli and Palestinian teenagers in a framework of co-existence, using photography as a tool for social change. The fruits of this project were exhibited and implemented in various areas of conflict such as Belfast, Dublin, Belgrade, Kosovo, Jerusalem and Gaza in addition to several cities in the United States and Europe.
 From 1991 through 2005, parallel to these projects, the lens turned on her family culminating in a personal documentary project; The Jewish Mother. In 2001 she moved to Paris where she was a professor of photography at Parsons Paris School of Design and currently at L’école Supérieure du l’art et Design (ESAD) in Amiens and Sciences Po in Paris.
In Europe the work shifted to a more literary tone revealed in the series Suspect and postcards from purgatory, both antecedents to the project Tall Tales, a culmination of over 40 yrs of photographs in triptychs, a visual anthology of short stories.
Her work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Musée Jeu De Paume in Paris and is included in private collections around the world.


1988 Yale University
MFA Photography

1985 Parsons School of Design
BFA  Photography

1981-82  Bennington College

Selected Professional Experience   (academic/professor)

2011-present Sciences-Po,  Paris, France
2001-2010 Parsons School of Design  Paris, France
2002-present Ecole Superieur de l’Art et Design, (ESAD) Amiens, France
2008-present CEA Global Campus (University of New Haven, CT)
1995-2001 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1999-2001 Hadassa College of Art and Design,  Haifa  Israel
1995-1999 Kalisher School of Art,  Tel Aviv, Israel
Documenting Lifestyles/Beyond Borders: designed and implemented a photography  project between Palestinian and Israeli teenagers promoting peace and co-existence through art practices with the  International Center for Peace in the Middle East
1989-1992 Mimad School of Art,  Tel Aviv
Hapatish Newsapaper, editor, photographer
Ha’yir, weekly newspaper, Tel Aviv
The Labor Party of Israel, Tel Aviv
Yidiot Achronot, Israel’s largest daily newspaper

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Galerie Madé, Paris
2018 Esad, Amiens
2012 Art Paris, Paris (via Galerie Clair)
2011 Galerie Clair, Munich
2009 Confluences, Paris
Galerie Made, Paris
Photos Originale, Paris
2005 Andrea Meislin Galley,  New York City
Paris Photo, Paris  France
Rencontres D’Arles, Arles  France  (seminar/expo)
Memoire de L’avenir, Marie de 10éme, Paris
Memoires & Identités, Ville de Romainville 
Past, Present, Future,  Parsons School of Design
2004 Cargo 21,  Paris,  France
2002 Rethinking Israel,  ifa Gallery,   Berlin
2001 Rethinking Israel   ifa Gallery,   Bonn
Portrait of a State,  Starr Gallery, Newton  Mass.
2000 Open Ends, The Museum of Modern Art,  New York
100 Years of photography in Israel,  Mani Katz Museum, Haifa
Evidence,  American University in Cairo, Egypt
5 Straight photographers,  Bezalel Academy of Art and design
Beyond Borders, Begrade Kultural Centre,  Yugoslavia
Midrasha Teachers College, Kvar Saba, Israel
Beyond Borders,  The Puffin Room- New York, Dublin, Washington D.C., Grenoble, Paris,  Cambridge, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Gaza
1998 Bureau D’art, Paris

Selected Bibliography

Tall Tales, Arnaud Bizalion Editions, 2019
VIEW YORK - Nine Perceptions, Kerber Verlag, 2011
Et que la nuit glisse sur le bleu de ta jupe, Editions Thierry Magnier, 2008
Gedachtnis Eines Ortes, TurkenstraBe 9 Eine Spurensuche, Art:Phalanx, 2008
La Photographie Comme Lien Social, Alain Kerlan scérén (CNDP) 2008
From mirror to memory: one hundred years of photography in the land of Israel,  Vivian Silver, exhibition Catalog (2000)
The Golan Heights, Vicki Shiran , Oznyim magazine  1997
When teenagers learn about art and teach about living in peace, Sarah Boxer The New York Times, August 2, 1996
Eye on Hope, Sarah Jacobs, The Jewish Week, July 26, 1996
The Golan, Ruti Director, STUDIO magazine may/june 1996
Zeitgenosishe Fotografie aus Israel, Heinz Thiel, 1996
Just People, Nissan Perez, July 1992 exhibition catalog
Some Arabs and Some Jews, Dr. Diana Hulick, The Photo Review, May 1992


Museum Of Modern Art, New York
UCLA, Berkley Library
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris France
FNAC Archives,  Paris
The Mokum Collection, Amsterdam  Holland
Yale University Archives, New Haven, Connecticut
Private collections: Australia, USA, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Egypt, Israel and Palestine

Additional information (videos, appearences, symposiums) available upon request.