Nir Ben-Yosef (xnir) born 1975 is an Israeli aviation photographer.
Documenting the Israeli Air Force, people, aircraft's, squadrons, Units and operations for well over a decade.
Nir's creative use of lighting, composition and perspective in relation to aerospace subjects has brought him international acclaim for his work, being published in the leading Israeli and international aviation magazines and productions.

Nir has flown on-board F-16s, CH-53s, Bell Jet Rangers, C-130s, Fouga-Magister, B-25 Mitchell, C152/72, Eurocopter AS 350B, IAI Arava And many more aircrafts in his pursuit to capture the essence of Aviation either from the ground or up in the air.

Prints are available:
Contact me for licencing.

**All published IDF/AF Media were reviewed and approved to be publicly published by The IDF/AF and Israeli censorship**

*Do not use any of my images without my express permission in writing*
All images are © By: Nir Ben-Yosef, AKA: xnir *All rights reserved*.

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    Sara Petagna | apesara says:

    "Perfect, precise, attentive to every detail. His photos are engaging, charming and technically perfect. Landscapes, people, reportage ... each photo has this style.
    Simply Perfect."

    February 20th, 2010

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    Airwolfhound says:

    "Nir is one of the more talented aviation photographers to be found within Flickr, and if truth be known, anywhere on the internet. His photography and editing skills are second to none and he always brings out the best of whatever he points his camera at.
    He is a top bloke too, having spent RIAT 2009 with him. A good sense of humour, genuine, honest and I am priviledged to be able to call him a friend."

    July 29th, 2009

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    "I have the pleasure to know Nir personally over the last years, and I had some opportunities to take photo-sessions with him, shoulder to shoulder. He always managed to get better shots.

    Among the small community of Aviation Photographers in Israel, Nir's in the Top-Three, and for me - he's the master."

    October 19th, 2008

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    Ramos_Aviation_Photography says:

    "I have keep a keen eye on Xnir's imagery over the past couple of years. His work is nothing short of perfection and inspirational. He is an exceptional example of just what one can accomplish in the very difficult world of Military Aviation Photography when one drives themselves. Especially since his subject matter is the most demanding air force in the world, the Hel HaAvir, or Israeli Air Force.

    His other works, including Landscape, Nature and Portraiture are equally inspiring and worth study.

    Indeed, Nir's level of work is a benchmark against which I measure myself and strive to attain."

    August 2nd, 2008

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    Jesse James Allen says:

    "I have seen some very impressive photo-streams here on flickr but the one from Nir Ben-Yosef (AKA xnir) is perhaps the most dramatic and extraordinary. He is a master photographer that has been granted the chance to photograph places and things most of us can only dream of. If you want to be inspired by great photography this is a must see photo-stream."

    May 6th, 2008

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    vector1771 ( / says:

    "It does not take to long to realize Xnir's work is some of finest out there. His coverage of the IAF in action is jaw dropping and offers an intimate view into the operations and equipment of the finest Air Force in the entire world. Keep up the great work Xnir and thanks for sharing your exciting experiences!"

    April 13th, 2008

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    BioArt says:

    "Nir has the most fantastic ability to transport you through his artistic creations. His captures of aviation are unparalleled by any photographer, capturing sheer beauty and awesome power in the same frame. Your heart races as you admire each of his captures. He carries that talent over to all his photographic endeavors. There is no other photographer on Flickr whose photos I favorite more than those of Nir. We are all so lucky to have him as part of our community!!!"

    January 25th, 2008

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    Kris Klop says:

    "xnir is a brilliant photographer. His access within the IAF makes for some astounding photographs. I've gained insight into a land which I never realized had so much beauty because of his keen eye. I check his photostream often for new photos because each one is a marvel in it's own right. I recommend you add xnir as a contact and follow along as his journey of photography continues. You shall not be disappointed. Keep up the great work Nir Ben-Yosef, AKA xnir...."

    December 8th, 2007

November 2006
Tel-Aviv, Israel
I am:
photo.xnir [at]