The IPPA (Israel Press & Photo Agency) Collection documents the history of the State of Israel, Israeli society, and Israeli culture in the second half of the 20th century. This photography agency was founded by Dan Hadani in 1965 and operated until 2000. During these 35 years, a collection was created, including photographs sent by photographers from all over the country, documenting Israel from the days preceding the Six-Day War to the Second Intifada: Wars, peace agreements, settlements, terror attacks, demonstrations, political upheavals, cultural events and more. In addition to all this, the daily realities and the more casual side of Israeli life were also captured in these photographs, offering a glimpse into Israeli society and culture during the second and third generations of the State.
The Dan Hadani (IPPA) Collection joins the National Library's photographic collections, which until now have focused mainly on earlier periods, with a particular emphasis on photographs of the Land of Israel from the early era of photography in the mid-nineteenth century to the First World War. The life of the Yishuv during the British Mandate period is also documented from the viewpoints of professional photographers and passing visitors.
The donation and absorption of the collection at the National Library was made possible thanks to the assistance of the Davidson Family Foundation.