Since ancient times viticulture and winemaking, like farming in general, has been dominated by men: According to the biblical narrative the first vintner was Noah who planted a vine after the flood waters receded. Yet in recent years, both in South Africa and globally, with a blend of determination, passion, a keen palate and an ability to think creatively many women have succeeded in closing the gender gap in the world of wine.
Despite these advances however, the subject of "Women of Wine" often comes up in the media only at predictable times, usually before International Women’s Day, for example.
David Silverman’s long-term project goes beyond this stereotype and recognizes the contribution of a select group of women winemakers and viticulturists in South Africa, not for their gender but for their contribution to the industry, for their dedication to viticultural heritage and excellence, and their elegant, creative and exciting wines.
“An international award-winning photographer, a selection of David Silverman's pictures from this project will be displayed at the next Terroirs d ‘Images exhibit and will be published in the Revue des Oenologues as well as the Wine & Business Club magazine. This will do much to increase the profile of South Africa’s women winemakers and viticulturists and, by extension, that of women in other areas of the industry: sales, marketing, distribution and logistics, technical and scientific support and education, to name a few,” said Cathy van Zyl MW.
A wide edit of the photographs from this project has been uploaded to the Getty Images international photography archive for editorial use worldwide.
David Silverman, wine photographer, has followed his passion for the world of wine, photographing vineyards, wineries and the amazing people who make it happen since 2004.
He was born in South Africa and moved to Israel in 1983. Between 1991 and 2010, he worked as a photojournalist for the international news agencies Reuters and Getty Images in Israel and the Palestinian territories. His photos have been published by most leading worldwide newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Paris Match, Time magazine and many more, and used as cover pictures for books on Israeli politics, religion, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Based in Israel he covers all aspects of the rapidly expanding Israeli wine industry. In recent years, he has widened his photography to include wineries, travel and lifestyle abroad. David is a contributing photographer at Getty Images and his pictures are regularly used by publications worldwide.
Wine Photography Awards:
- Millesima Blog Awards 2020 double finalist
- Millesima Blog Awards 2019 finalist
- Terroirs d'Images 2019 Grand Prix laureate
- Pink Lady® Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2017 People's Choice Award