Intimate Strangers is another collection of photograhy from the critically acclaimed photographer Kobi Israel. Following the best-selling VIEWS, this collection is an exploration of intimacy and the Israeli-born photographer's experiences of being a gay foreigner in London.
The Intimate Strangers project was inspired by the photographer’s move to Soho, the heart of London’s cultural and gay community.

He began documenting with his camera his personal encounters, capturing the vulnerability and honesty of life’s intimate moments.

“I was fascinated by the amount of strangers in a place where we were all strangers,” said the photographer. “Coming from Israel, I was a foreigner like so many others who came over from another country or another city. We are all foreigners among foreigners here. Everyone you lay your eyes on is a mystery, an enigma. I was immediately taken by Soho’s vibrancy, with its endless encounters in the streets where so many eyes meet and then quickly move away. There are so many stories, languages, gestures and trapped feelings behind those faces.”
His candid, often raw, shots capture the feelings of loneliness, excitement, fear, passion and self-discovery, all aspects of being a foreigner in a big cosmopolitan city. The voyeuristic snapshot style hardcover photography book captivates the viewer on 96 pages in an impressive horizontal format.

His first book Kobi Israel VIEWS brought him worldwide acclaim and lead to his nomination as one of the hundred most intriguing gay people by American magazine Out. Kobi studied cinematography and still photography in New York and Israel and has received many prestigious industry awards around the world. His photo 1700 was a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2003 Photographic Portrait Prize.

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