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Palestine… How Are You? Photobook
submitted by This Week In Palestine

By Osama Silwadi

Palestine, 2008

This is the latest photo book of renowned Palestinian photojournalist Osama Silwadi. This collection of photographs is unique in that it portrays Palestine in the light it should be seen in - a country, a people, a culture, just as colourful as any other on this earth.

Whereas many collections of photos have been published on and from Palestine, the majority of them are resigned to reflect the bitter reality that Palestinians have been forced to live in for over 60 years. A reality of dispossession, military occupation, death, destruction, all contributing to no less than a sophisticated campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by Israel with the full acquiescence of the international community.

The colourful and telling photos offer an alternative portrayal of Palestinian society; the view of Palestine that Palestinians themselves see, the vantage point which has been the foundation for the Palestinians’ unnatural steadfastness in the face of incomprehensible odds.

Through Silwadi’s camera lens, Palestine comes alive in ways that it is alive in the hearts and minds of Palestinians around the world, be they living the treacherous reality of decades of military occupation or struggling to survive in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, or spread out in the Diaspora.

Silwadi was born in Ramallah and began his career over 15 years ago. He has worked as a freelance photographer for various local newspapers and later worked for Agence France-Presse for three years. He worked for six years for Reuters and for the prestigious French photo agency GAMMA as permanent correspondent for Palestine.

He has published “Constant Giving and Creativity,” a book on the lives of Palestinian women. In July 2005, with the cooperation of MIFTAH and Jawwal, he published “Here We Are,” a photo album featuring 10 years of Palestinian daily life.

Silwadi’s work has been exhibited at the esteemed Sony Gallery for Photography in Cairo, Egypt, at the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio, and the Arab Students Club at Georgetown University, USA, at a group exhibition in Rome, Italy, and at the Ministry of Culture in Palestine. It was also published around the world in countless publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune.

(Courtesy of the publisher)
This Week in Palestine
November 2008

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