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WEVA Interviews Israeli Cameraman
July 26, 2001

Princeton, NJ - On his first visit to the United States, Israeli videographer David Amromin sat down for an exclusive interview with WEVA Director of Media Relations Steve Wernick. Amromin, you will recall, was the videographer who captured the dramatic footage of the wedding hall collapse in Israel.


In a wide-ranging interview that covered the many topics of interest to WEVA members, David talked about what it was like to be inches from the abyss.


After learning video in high school, Amromin served the compulsory military duty in Israel. Following his discharge, he resumed his video career, which totals about 2000 weddings.


As a free-lance videographer, Amromin was shooting this particular wedding, on a Thursday, for Studio Clip Ltd., his favorite shop. With about 600 people in the Vesailles wedding hall, it was a typical Israeli wedding. This event was covered by two video camera operators, and one still photographer.


“It was a regular wedding, but even now, I cannot tell you what was going on in my head because I myself don’t know. I don’t know why I kept filming, why I didn’t run out, “ Amromin said. “I had a lot of luck,” he added, explaining that he was about a foot away from the edge.


The other cameraman was standing in an area that was part of a secondary collapse, said Amromin. This man fell on top of other guests, and was not seriously injured.


Amromin continued, “I try to talk about it a lot, to understand what happened…it affected me in some ways. I always check where I will be standing” when shooting weddings after the tragedy.


Visiting the United States for the first time, the Lithuanian-born Amromin was here to attend a family wedding in New York. “I’ve already checked, the wedding is on the ground (floor).”

More on this interview will be published in the next WEV magazine, and a clip will be available on here soon.


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