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Palestine // Antonio Olmos

In September 2000 the second Intifada, the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, began.

The revolt was triggered by the collapse of Camp David Peace Talks between the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and the controversial walk by Ariel Sharon on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These images document the period from soon after the uprising until 2002. The progression of the project went from covering the violence to doing more street portraits, street photography and documenting daily life among the Palestinians.

In the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict the daily lives of the Palestinians are often forgotten. Extensive travel throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip helped to address this imbalance in the daily news cycle by creating a record of their every day lives.

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About Antonio

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Antonio arrived in London in 1994, by way of Mexico and California. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa; for newspapers and magazines around the world as well as leading NGOs and corporates.

“I try to make photographs that will engage the viewer and if that means using what many call beauty so be it. If you want people to listen through photography, you must engage the viewer, to get them to notice, to look, to pay attention.”

(To read more about Antonio Olmos, see Who we are)

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