Shattered Dreams Hardcover – 3 Mar 2008
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Photographic exploration of Israel/Palestine conflict to coincide with 60th anniversary of State of Israel.
About the Author
Judah Passow was born in Israel and grew up in America. His photographs have been published by all the leading European and American newspapers and magazines.
A winner of four World Press Photo awards for his coverage of the conflict in the Middle East, Passow’s work has been widely exhibited. His CD-ROM, Days of Rage, based on his work in Beirut from 1982 - 1985 received wide critical acclaim, and Shattered Dreams was nominated for the 2008 Deutsche Bourse photography prize.
He is a frequent lecturer on photojournalism at British universities.
Top Customer Reviews
Those who expect another political essay, the usual rehash of the old arguments will no doubt be disappointed. They will put a magnifying glass over the book looking for evidence of departure from their own political point of view, and will miss the entire point of this book, whose meaning is inherent in its title.
In years to come, if this conflict is ever resolved, Shattered Dreams will be what the people of Palestine and Israel will show their children, pointing to the dark past of occupation, colonialism, war and the fragments of peace that survive in everyday life.
But I have a huge problem with a book on Israel/Palestine which leaves out almost any mention of the Occupation! The word "occupation" is in fact mentioned once, but then only to dismiss it. An Israeli novelist who (together with a Palestinian novelist) introduces the book writes:
"Some will blame the Arab countries and some the occupation, and others will explain that we can only have peace if we observe the religious commandments. But no matter who shares his solutions with you, the bottom line will always be the same. Everything could have been wonderful here if it weren't for them...."
The message here (reinforced by the arrangement of the photographs) is that both sides are equally to blame. In my view, this creates a false symmetry - of course the Palestinians bear some blame and responsibility, but Israel is the occupier and there is a complete imbalance of power.
So: good photos; shame about the message.