I’ve been one of Tamir’s teachers for the last few years, and he’s one of the most focused and talented students I have ever worked with. He has impressed me with his attention to ongoing life. He has a great intelligence and ability to absorb what is happening in the darkness as well as in the light; he is constantly inquisitive and searching for complete truths in all their complex reality. He already has strong compositional skills and a smart understanding of lighting that helps reveal the inner story; more unusual, Tamir is patient in his work and has a sense of how to be tactful while moving toward the place he needs to be in order to make the pictures. He does not show off his expertise; he infuses the delivered work in it. -- Eli Reed
Eli Reed, a photojournalist with Magnum and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, received the 2011 Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography. Tamir Ben Kalifa, 22, will intern at the Boston Globe this summer.