Israel: The First 60 Years

DAVID RUBINGER

David Rubinger bought his first Leica camera in 1946 for 200 cigarettes and a can of coffee. For a poor Jewish soldier in the British army, that was a fortune. But today, Israel is certainly the richer for it: Rubinger has focused his compassionate eye on the human dramas and towering personalities that have shaped Israel's 60 years since independence. His photos, many of them shot on assignment for TIME, do not just record Israel's history; they capture the myriad facets of Jewish identity.

Rubinger, now aged 83, is on his seventh Leica and still snapping away. Apart...