Nino (Chanania) Herman (born February 4, 1952) is an Israeli art-photographer.
His paternal grandfather, Dr. Yehuda Hugo Herrmann (1887-1940), born in Austria-Hungary, was one of the leaders of the Bar Kochva organization, editor of the "Selbstwehr" and Jüdische Rundschau", he was a writer, a publisher, and worked with Agnon on the edition of the Pessach-book "Chad Gadya" (1914) and of the Hannucca-book "Maoz Tzur" (1918). He was the chief editor of Palästina Bilderkorrispondenz (PBK). He immigrated to Israel in 1934 and went to live in Jerusalem.
His father Gaby (Gabriel) Herman, was among the founders of Kibbutz Ein Gev, he was technical advisor and inventor. He served for many years as head of the planning and development department of the IDF supply branch.
His maternal grandfather Erich Pintus was one of the directors of the Shell Oil company in Germany. His mother, Lore Herrmann, was born in Berlin. After the Nazi takeover, her family fled to the Netherlands. In WW2, after her twin brother Heini was captured and murdered in Mauthausen, the family went into hiding in Amsterdam. Lore was active in the Dutch resistance movement. After WW2 Nino's parents met in Amsterdam and made "Alijah". In Israel, Lore took on painting, and she had exhibitions in Israel and in Switzerland.
Nino Herrmann was born in Tel Aviv, and raised in Ramat Gan as of the age of four. His sister, Judit Konforti, is four years elder. At the age of two, Nino became affected by poliomyelitis, the disease left him handicapped.
By the age of 17, Nino began to work as assistant at the photo-shop of Ephraim Kidron in Tel Aviv (1969-1971). He also worked as freelance photographer for newspapers, for "Olam HaKolnoa", together with the journalist G. Itor (1971-1973)
In 1973-1974, Nino worked in Tel Aviv as photographer on behalf of the Government Press Office. Together with photographers Shaya Segal and Shmuel Rachmani, he founded the Photo-Agency 24+, providing pictures to the Maariv newspaper (1974-1977). He worked on behalf of Maariv as news and feature photographer, with Yaakov Erez, Igal Lew, Moshe Dor and Levi Yitzhak Hayerushalmi, and later as photographer at the Jerusalemite edition of the newspaper. Together with the photographer Eli Hershkowitz he founded the photo-agency "Zoom 77" which provided pictures to Yediot Acharonot, Associated Press, and Time Magazine (1977-1979).
Between 1979 and 1986, Nino was back at the Government Press Office. He provided photographic coverage of the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt, and accompanied Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Shimon Peres in their trips in Israel and abroad. Nino's pictures, from the archives of the Government Press Office and of the Maariv newspaper, appeared in official brochures, in books and in various group exhibitions.
In 1979, Nino married Tchiya, in 1981 they co-founded Nataf, a small community-village on the hills of Judea, and went to live there . They had three children.
In 1987-1988, Nino worked as pictures editor at the Maariv news desk. After an accident that left him injured, he quit this job. In 2000 his son Yair, who served as photographer in the IDF, was killed in a road accident, and Nino stopped photographing.
In 2009 he came back, as art photographer, specialized also in snapshots of people.
Ronit Zor, the curator of the exhibition "Tel Aviv – West Berlin", wrote:
"In dozens of snapshots taken of ordinary people on the street, and of various ethnic groups, he draws a map of Tel Aviv South. His approach with sensitivity, and full respect for every individual, enables Nino to produce a sort of authentic and credible documentary. His camera catches sidewalk scenes and captures the atmosphere of the city whose life flows on streets and in coffee shops that serve as natural "melting pots".
In the "Alma" catalog of the exhibition "Not a private name",
Jennifer Bloch wrote:
"His work highlights aspects of human elevation, not plain idealization, but a real suggestion of a different understanding of the humanity.
Nino pictures also nature, his recent collection "Outside my window", shown in the framework of "Daily Images" in August 2015 at the "Miscellaneous: site, entertains a dialogue with painting. Nino refrains, however, from using Photoshop manipulative techniques.
In 2010-2011, Nino was art advisor at "Set Productions" for the movies of Dan Sutton, the winner of the Emmy Award.
His writings and pictures appear in the "Grand angle" blog 2011-2013, in Maariv nrg "Wind objective", in "Photographs on site, and ""second opinion" .
Since 2009 he keeps a personal picture blog "Domains of the heart"
He is a member of the cooperative Gallery "A place for Art", at Kiriat Hamelacha, Tel Aviv South.
He lectures on his work, together with his wife Tchiya, as the Art faculty of the Hebrew University .
2014 "Naan photo paper" at Kibbutz Gallery, curators Hamutal Friedberg and Dorit Kopit
2013 "Echos" at Bar Kayma Tel Aviv, curator Tchiya Herrmann
2012 "Not a private name, Hebrew Culture House, curator Yael Kotler Kalderon
2012 "Movie images" ,Jerusalem Cinemateque, curator Tchiya Herrmann
2011 "Between Nataf and Florentin, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, curator Joel Kantor
2011 "Movie images II", The Aviv cinematheque, curator Tchiya Herrmann, advisor Udi Rosnoin
2009 "Anita Ice Parlor", moments for everyone,, curator Tchiya Herrmann, advisor Joel Florentin
2016 "Bar Kochba – the historical memory and the myth of an hero, , Eretz Israel Museum, curator Sara Tur-El
2016 "100th birthday" Yitzhak Shamir with a steel pencil, the Menachem Begin Memorial Centre and Prime Minister's office
2016 "C / ABC, Landscape in three parts", Benjamin Gallery' curator Sivan Feinsilber and Tamar Eisen
2016 "Homeland, MIgdal Ziv, Ramat HaChayal, curators Etty Fabian and Orit Kimmel
2915 "Bread and Roses" exhibition and sale, at the Shenkar College
2014 Art About – Israeli Worldwide Exhibition, Jewish Art exhibition, Munich, curator Li-Mor Cohen
2015 "Bastards" differences as creative process, at "Open from Aleph Gallery, curator Kobi Carmi
2014 "Timeout" the Zadik Gallery Jaffa, curators Yaira Jasmin and Tsipi Menashe
2014 The prime Minister in slippers, at the Knesset, curator Avi Ohajon
2013 "Tel Aviv – West Berlin, "Beit Bebyamini", curator Ronit Zor
2013 A bridge to the invisible the New Akropolis, Tel Aviv, curator Ira Bess
2013 "Nothing" the Artists House Rishon LeZion, curators Jenifer Bloch, Chen Balili ,Rafy Carmel, Ester Shoshani
2013 Exhibition at Bank HaPoalim, the Organization for prevention of HIV, curators Li Mor, Cohen