Veteran Israeli Photographer, David Rubinger, Dies Aged 92
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Veteran Israeli Photographer, David Rubinger, Dies Aged 92

The renowned photojournalist, who always had a camera in hand, captured key moments in Israel's history.

  • Israeli soldiers pray at the Western Wall June 7, 1967. This iconic photo by David Rubinger became famous as a symbol of the Six Day War victory. David Rubinger/Getty Images
    Israeli soldiers pray at the Western Wall June 7, 1967. This iconic photo by David Rubinger became famous as a symbol of the Six Day War victory. David Rubinger/Getty Images
  • Israeli tanks battle against the Syrian armor on the Golan Heights, during the Yom Kippur war 09 October 1973. DAVID RUBINGER/AFP/Getty Images
    Israeli tanks battle against the Syrian armor on the Golan Heights, during the Yom Kippur war 09 October 1973. DAVID RUBINGER/AFP/Getty Images
  • An Israeli tank unit forms for a counter-attack against Syria on the Golan Heights 08 October 1973. David Rubinger/AFP/Getty Images
    An Israeli tank unit forms for a counter-attack against Syria on the Golan Heights 08 October 1973. David Rubinger/AFP/Getty Images
  • Photographer David Rubinger is seen at Eretz Israel: The Birth Of A Nation Private View, a collection of his prints in London, England on February 23, 2006 . Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
    Photographer David Rubinger is seen at Eretz Israel: The Birth Of A Nation Private View, a collection of his prints in London, England on February 23, 2006 . Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
  • Israeli troops move toward the northern frontier to stem the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights 08 October 1973. DAVID RUBINGER/AFP/Getty Images
    Israeli troops move toward the northern frontier to stem the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights 08 October 1973. DAVID RUBINGER/AFP/Getty Images
  • David Rubinger, Israeli photojournalist, with his Leica camera. Wikimedia Commons/Shmuel.browns
    David Rubinger, Israeli photojournalist, with his Leica camera. Wikimedia Commons/Shmuel.browns
  • Israeli army's Southern Command General Ariel Sharon, C, arrives by helicopter with Generals Haim Bar-Lev, L, and Yishayahu Gavish, R, at an army base just days before the June 5 start of the Six-Day War, June 1, 1967 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. David Rubinger/GPO via Getty Images
    Israeli army's Southern Command General Ariel Sharon, C, arrives by helicopter with Generals Haim Bar-Lev, L, and Yishayahu Gavish, R, at an army base just days before the June 5 start of the Six-Day War, June 1, 1967 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. David Rubinger/GPO via Getty Images
  • Israeli Army Gen. Ariel Sharon (C), flanked by Gens. Haim Bar-Lev (L) and Yishayahu Gavish (R) and unidentified aides, arrives by helicopter at an army base June 1, 1967  in Israel's Negev Desert. David Rubinger/GPO/Getty Images
    Israeli Army Gen. Ariel Sharon (C), flanked by Gens. Haim Bar-Lev (L) and Yishayahu Gavish (R) and unidentified aides, arrives by helicopter at an army base June 1, 1967 in Israel's Negev Desert. David Rubinger/GPO/Getty Images
  • Backdropped by Israeli photographer David Rubinger's iconic picture from 1967 Six Day War of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens a special Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill on May 28, 2014.  Getty Images
    Backdropped by Israeli photographer David Rubinger's iconic picture from 1967 Six Day War of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens a special Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill on May 28, 2014. Getty Images
  • A spectator takes in David Rubinger's photographs at the "Eretz Israel: The Birth Of A Nation Private View," exhibition in London, in 2006. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
    A spectator takes in David Rubinger's photographs at the "Eretz Israel: The Birth Of A Nation Private View," exhibition in London, in 2006. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

David Rubinger, an Israeli photographer who took some of the country’s most iconic pictures over a career that lasted more than seven decades, died Thursday at the age of 92.

Born in Austria in 1924, Mr. Rubinger immigrated to Israel in 1939 and fought with the Jewish Brigade during World War II. He began to work as a photojournalist in 1951.

His best-known photograph was Israeli paratroopers entering at the Western Wall after Israeli soldiers recaptured the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. Awarded the Israel Prize for his works in 1997, his work captured key moments in Israel’s history.

Rubinger later admitted that he did not immediately realize the emotional impact that his picture of the three soldiers would have.

The day before Israeli troops entered Jerusalem’s  Old City, on June 7, 1967, he was in the Sinai. “That night I heard some talk on the command radios about something happening in Jerusalem,” he said in an interview years later. ”I didn’t hesitate and just snuck into a helicopter that was evacuating wounded soldiers.

“When I got to Jerusalem, I heard gunshots, so I ran to the Western Wall, maybe 20 minutes after it was taken. I laid down on the ground and these three soldiers just passed by. I didn’t think much of the photo at the time.”

Later that day, Rubinger said, Shlomo Goren, the army’s chief rabbi, arrived at the Wall. “I thought that would be ‘the shot,’” Rubinger said. “When I developed the photos at home, I told my wife: ‘Rabbi Goren, that’s a great photo, historical.’ But my wife pointed at the image of the soldiers and said: ‘That’s a nice photograph.’ And I told her: ‘What nonsense.'”

History proved his wife right.

View some of his works below.

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