Ad van Denderen on Documenting the Holy Land

The Dutch documentary photographer has been collecting the memory and history Israel and the Palestinian territories in its everyday life, in midst of the conflicts that create extraordinary circumstances. We revisit this series after almost 25 years.

Qalandiya, WestelijkeJordaanoever, 2013 © Ad van Denderen;Bezichtigers van appartement in Rawabi, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2014 © Ad van Denderen; Rawabi, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2016 © Ad van Denderen; Gaza stad, 1994 © Ad van Denderen; Abu Dis, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2003 © Ad van Denderen

It was 20 years ago since van Denderen's "Peace in the Holy Land" got published, a culmination of the project which he started in 1993, spending a year of photographing Israel and its territories. A year turned to four, and van Denderen began to make conscious changes of his approach to this tender society, changing from a direct manner to subtler, metaphorical ones that reflect the events on the West Bank. He showed consequences of the construction of the Israeli West Bank Barrier, the isolation of Abu Dis, and such. van Denderen continues to document the changes.

Witness the unraveled reality at the Ad van Denderen: Jerusalem Stone at the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, running through March 4, 2018.

Baladia, 2012 © Ad van Denderen; Baladia, 2012 © Ad van Denderen; Abu Dis, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2003 © Ad van Denderen; Rawabi, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2013 © Ad van Denderen; Qalandia, Westelijke Jordaanoever, 2016 © Ad van Denderen; Palestijnse politie regelt verkeer, Gaza Stad, 1994 © Ad van Denderen

Images are from the press kit.

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