Press Release Author: Nir Alon / images of my thoughts . com
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: Israeli photographer expresses the triumph of love over challenge in a photojournalism project penetrating the intimacies of special-needs children therapies
Press Release Body: Climbing out of deep grief for the tragic loss of their 15-year-old daughter, Malki Chana Roth, in the Jerusalem Sbarro restaurant suicide-bombing in August 2001, parents Frimet and Arnold Roth established the Malki Foundation. The foundation aims to empower families who have chosen to raise their special-needs child at home. Based on their own private experience with a special-needs child at home, on their murdered daughter\'s voluntary dedication to special-needs children and on the legacy Malki endowed, the Roths have created a story of hate-inflicted death nurturing love and giving, nurturing life.
Israeli photographer Nir Alon received a copy of a \'letter to the editor\' in which Arnold Roth rebukes N.Y. Time's decision to illustrate the article 'Hot House' with a glamour style photo of a smiling terrorist, Ahlam Tamimi. Alon writes in his private blog: \"I don't usually delve into mass addressed emails but for some reason this one caught my attention. I surfed into the Malki Foundation Internet site and became engrossed and captivated for over a week. Thoughts about Malki and the foundation haven't left me since and it seems they have become a part of my life for the foreseeable future\". Alon then set out to document the activities of the Malki Foundation in stills photography. For over a year he compassionately penetrated the intimacies of children\'s therapies with his camera, creating a significant document which articulately expresses the triumph of optimism and love over challenge. Alon now openly displays what most people would never see or know about.
Nir Alon\'s project, \"Malki\'s Legacy\", premiered at The Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem in mid June 2008 and is currently displayed on Alon\'s Internet site at http://imagesofmythoughts.com/gallery/3904064
This is Alon\'s second wide-scale human-interest photojournalism project. In 2006 Alon published \"In Spite Of!\" dealing with young women in a shelter in Jerusalem. \"In Spite Of!\" was displayed at the Jerusalem Theatre for Performing Arts throughout August and September 2006 and received special recognition by Israel\'s First Lady, Mrs. Gilah Katzav.
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