Lili Amog is an Israeli photographer, born in 1961, who moved to New York in the early 80’s. She started her photographic career as a photojournalist, working for several international news publications, mainly focusing on fashion and portraiture. Amog’s work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Europe.
Lili Amog’s photographic project “Perfect Intimacy” is a 2 year visual record of “spiritual pathways of divine love”. She spent the two years making visits to nuns in three different monasteries: one in Israel, one in the US and one in Bethlehem. Lili Amog’s photography in general focuses on the female form/physique and their private spaces, and this project documents nun’s state of mind and relationship with God, along with their spiritual identity. This project sets out to focus on the individuality of her subjects, their dignity and their self worth. Perfect Intimacy offers an “unfettered and authentic introduction to a group of women destined to remain anonymous in this peculiar cloistered world.” This project has been made into a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing photo book, published in the United States by powerHouse books.
Her images are mainly lit using natural lighting, most of which being lights from windows. Being in a monastery, the rooms are very plain in decor, therefore it is easy to focus on the subject and not be distracted by their surroundings.
I like these images because of their purity. They are stripped back of anything exciting and in your face and just show these beautiful women. Which I feel works perfectly because these women are quite the opposite to exciting and in your face, their lives are dedicated to being good and living to God’s standards, and I feel anything more than what Amog has produced would have taken away from that.
– Gisbourne, M. (2006). Perfect Intimacy Lili Amog, United States: powerHouse Books.