Dan Hadani, who founded IPPA in 1965 and served as its director until it ceased operations in 2000, recently decided to transfer the entire collection of images and negatives at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. NLI Israel Collection Curator Dr. Hezi Amiur says that the meticulous management of the collection by Hadani over the course of five decades will allow NLI to organize it efficiently and quickly. Transfer of the collection to the National Library of Israel has been made possible through the generous support of the William Davidson Foundation.
"Thanks to the quality and richness of the collection, we are presented with a wide and impressive array of events in the country's history - both large and small. Important figures from politics and culture, central and remote locations, society's mainstream and fringe are all represented visually in a superb manner," explains Dr. Amiur.
The IPPA collection will significantly enrich the National Library of Israel photo collection, which has previously focused primarily on earlier periods, specifically the Land of Israel from the early era of photography in the mid-nineteenth century through World War I, as well as life during the British Mandate period from the perspectives of both professional and amateur photographers.
According to Dr. Amiur, "The Dan Hadani collection provides continuity to the larger photography collection, which now visually documents 150 years of Israeli life. It will also link to many other National Library collections related to the second half of the twentieth century, including press, posters, Hebrew song and more."