71 years ago, in 1948, the Nakba—the catastrophe—overturned life in Palestine, forcing three-quarters of Palestinians into exile, depriving them of their land, homes and belongings. Today, those who can bear witness to that period are rare.
From different social backgrounds, 19 men and women remember the coexistence that prevailed in Palestine, the war, the exile, as well as the strength and resilience which they had to muster to adapt to new realities.
For every Palestinian, Jerusalem is charged with symbolic meaning, of identity and remembrance, more so because it has become inaccessible to most. The city is made the focus of a compilation of colour photographs presented for a contemporary look, between shadow and light.
About the Author
Chris Conti is an independent journalist based in the Middle East.
About the Photographer
Altair Alcântara is a French-Brazilian photographer.
About the Publisher
Hesperus Press is an independent publishing house founded in 2001 and based in London, United Kingdom. Its motto, “Et Remotissima Prope” is a Latin phrase that means “bringing near what is far.”