The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day

2015 winner
The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
Publisher: Hazan Publishers
Published Date: 03 March 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0300212181

Palestine has long been a source of fascination for photographers, and it is one of the most frequently photographed places in the world. This engrossing publication examines images of Palestine taken over the course of nearly 200 years, showing the various phases of its pictorial history.

Elias Sanbar provides commentaries on this impressive and visually stunning opus, showing how a highly symbolic place and its people have been both captured and abstracted by the camera. Gripping and poignant, the photographs in this publication assert not only the global importance of Palestine, but the beauty that emerges amid its complicated history.

Winner of the Palestine Book Awards 2015: Creative Prize


Reviewed by: Amelia Smith

It’s easy to forget what Elias Sanbar writes in his introduction to his book The Palestinians: Photos of a land and its people from 1939 to the present day – that Palestine is one of the most photographed places in the world. If this is the case, why are settlements allowed to mushroom in the occupied territories; why are Palestinian houses...


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