Comet Hale Bopp is among Neil Folberg's compelling night images of the land and sky of Israel and the Sinai, offered to the viewer as mystical points of entry and departure. Folberg sets an ancient land resonant with meaning—and the cradle to three major world religions—against the awesome and eternal spectacle of the night sky. Folberg's night landscapes carry an aura that is both earthly and divine, emphasizing the singular and poignant presence of objects against the backdrop of the infinite. His photographs describe places where the spiritual is at once near, imprinted in the forms of the arid landscapes, and far away in the dark, starlit recesses of space.
Neil Folberg (born in San Francisco,1950) began studies with Ansel Adams in 1967 and received his B.A. in Photographic Field Studies from University of California at Berkeley. He has had several international traveling exhibitions, and is the author of Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land (Aperture, 2001), winner of the New York Book Show Prize, First Place Photography, 2002; And I Shall Dwell Among Them: Historic Synagogues of the World (Aperture, 1992); and Desert Land: Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan (Abbeville Press, 1987). He lives and works in Jerusalem, where he is often found in his Vision Gallery.