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Eli Zaturanski

Photography · Berkeley California United States

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Eli Zaturanski specialize in portrait and event photography. With his laser-sharp eye and talent for capturing the inner lives of his subjects, Eli’s images reflect the beauty and light of the human soul. Born in Israel near the coastal Eliyahu Hanavi caves, Eli began his love affair with photography while traveling the diverse and beautiful terrain of his home country. After three years of army service, Eli crossed the ocean to begin his photography career and broaden his cultural horizons. As an art student in Ontario, Los Angeles, and later the Bay Area, where he integrated his photographic work with his study of performance art at San Francisco State University, Eli came into his own as a multi-media creative professional. Working with the highest quality digital DSLR camera on the market – a Nikon D800 – Eli creates stylish, dynamic images. His background in theatre and performance enables him to connect with his subjects in a relaxed and playful way, making people feel instantly at home in his presence. From weddings to fashion shoots to headshots, Eli has a unique ability to bring out the essence of his subject matter, creating lasting images that tell a compelling story. Since moving to Berkeley three years ago, Eli’s compassionate, big-hearted spirit has led him to become a community leader at the Moishe House, where young Jews come together to learn old traditions and create new ones. His experience with community-building also extends to the Burning Man Festival, where for the last five years, he has shot High Definition portraits of human beings at their freest and best. Eli’s photographs have appeared in national and local publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Tablet magazine, and The Daily Californian.