Ariel Jerozolimski

Rest in peace, dear Esteban


I have always admired warriors and heroes. Esteban Alterman was one of them.

Esteban was born in Argentina in 1963 and moved to Israel in 1991. He started to work as a photographer at The Jerusalem Report in 1992, and was its photo editor till 2014.

In 1994, he traveled to Buenos Aires to cover the aftermath of the bombing of the Jewish community building, AMIA, where 85 people were killed.

Beyond his photographic talent, he was an excellent person and an outstanding father. In 1996, he married Alejandra and they had two children, two real diamonds.

As a photographer, Esteban was a perfectionist in his portraits, his landscapes, and in his special project, “Jerusalem in Detail,” where his eyes captured the capital city in a special and peculiar way, through its windows, domes, clocks, fences, doorknobs, keyholes, among other aspects.

In 2009, a selection of his photographs was exhibited at the Jerusalem Theater in the exhibition “Life in a Frame,” curated by late photographer David Rubinger.

In 2007, he was diagnosed with the cruel neurodegenerative disease ALS, and he fought it with real heroism. I remember Esteban already sick, assisting his kids with school’s homework. Closing your eyes, you could forget his illness.

Yesterday morning, Esteban passed away. I’ll remember him as a great warrior, fighting for life.

Rest in peace, dear Esteban.

About the Author
Born in Uruguay in 1965 and lives in Israel since 1984. Since 1990 he worked as a freelance photographer for Israeli and international media including AFP, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Stern Magazine, El Pais, and Xinhua. In 1999 Jerozolimski joined the leading Israeli business daily, Globes,as a staff photographer till 2009. He was the chief photographer for The Jerusalem Post between 1999 and 2010. His work has been exhibited at the Berlin Museum, "Israel Under Attack" about the First Gulf War. He's also participated in a number of group exhibitions. His photos have also been featured in such books as A Day in the Life of the IDF, 24 Hours at Prison, and Photographers in the Street. In addition to his photographic work, he is a licensed tour guide in Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese and organizes photographic tours.
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