Photographer and painter, Ron Agam, has spent his entire life traveling the world. At the age of 6, the Paris-born son of world-renowned artist Yaacov Agam added a camera to his travel gear, shooting what inspired him most: his father’s art.
From that moment, Agam gave himself a personal challenge: to always be there. By spending his childhood traveling between Paris and Rehovot, Israel, Agam was driven to push his journey even further as he illustrated life—and the lives he encountered—through his photographs.
Agam’s strong ties to Israel—both personally as well as through this ancestry—yielded his first public exhibition on May 17, 1994 at the Magidson Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan. The exhibit, showcasing photos taken at The Western Wall and the ultra-orthodox conclave of the Mea Shearim, were each an isolated moment, letting the photograph work as both the narrative as well as the subject. In 2010, Agam began his career as a painter, finding quick success at an exhibition at Yale University in February 2012.
During the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers, Ron was there. That fateful morning, the photographer grabbed his equipment and left his Upper East Side apartment and headed for his office in Soho. That day, he captured the historic heroism and tragedy that struck New York City, and subsequently, America. Agam donated his photographs to the September 11th Memorial Museum set up at Ground Zero.
Today, Agam stays true to his pursuit—the art of being there—so that others may see what he sees, meet who he meets, and enrich their lives just as he strives to do each and every day.