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Meet Photographer Asher Svidensky | The Story Hunter
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Meet Photographer Asher Svidensky | The Story Hunter

Picture of Deborah Moher
Updated: 11 October 2016
At 25 years of age Asher Svidensky has already achieved professional success far beyond his years, with a cover spread with National Geographic Traveller and a few other notable publications, National Geographic Books, BBC, and The Guardian, to name a few. To top it off, he has also lectured twice as a speaker for TEDx events in both Tel Aviv and Mongolia.
National Geographic Cover  © Asher Svidensky
National Geographic Cover © Asher Svidensky

Asher’s father, an experienced actor and educator, had a significant influence in Asher’s choice to develop his career in photography and storytelling. He helped inspire him to search for an international language that would help him to share his ideas and experiences with others regardless of language. For Asher, photography is a meditative process. He doesn’t pressure himself in pursuit of the perfect photo, instead he hunts for a story, for a familiar tale that is relatable across culture, class and origin.

Female Eagle Huntress  © Asher Svidensky
Female Eagle Huntress © Asher Svidensky

After finishing up his military service, Asher packed up for a year long trip to Asia, but a one week visit to West Mongolia turned into a 40 day spontaneous photo project after discovering Mongolia’s first female Eagle Huntress in over 1000 years. The photo series speak for themselves, capturing the skilful and remarkable beauty of eagle hunting in the harsh climate of Mongolia. Another stand out photo is that of a retired fisherman from the Yin-Bou Fisherman of China. What struck Asher in this photo was the familiar look and feeling of a concerned father waiting alone for the day he will see his beloved children again, a moment of emotional connection with the old fishermen that Asher could relate to with his own father.

The Old Fisherman © Asher Svidensky
The Old Fisherman © Asher Svidensky

Asher hones his creative skills as he travels, ‘’you might have an idea in your head of how things are going to pan out, and in reality it’s never anything like that, the beauty is learning how to fall into the unknown and land, somewhat , on your feet’’. Asher has received notable recognition after his Eagle huntress series however fame is not important to him, rather it’s the stories and images that he plans on leaving behind for others to see in the future. He notes that, for the most part, some of the world’s most iconic photographs, don’t carry the photographer’s name, however the images stand as ‘’bread crumbs of history’’. Asher continues to tell the inspiring tales of his travels at speaking tours and TEDx events around the globe.

Keep track of Asher’s travels through his website and Facebook page.

 

By Deborah Moher, The Culture Trip’s Tel Aviv Director of Culture. Catch us on our TLV Twitter and Instagram.