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We present the 3 most representative photographers of the latest clashes in Palestine: Mustafa Hassouna, Mahmud Hams and Mohammed Salem.
It is his photo that most of all is bringing the never-ending Palestinian discourse back to the top. A’ed Abu Amro embodies the purest and cleanest face of freedom, in the history of iconography we have hardly seen a message as simple as it is violent.
The message of the photo also has another message, not so veiled, and is to be found in Amro’s weapon: a sling. More than the new freedom, the shot represents a definitive change of forces: the biblical
The photojournalist Mahmud Hams may perhaps be the one who most of all documented the latest clashes, giving us shots that can only make us shiver. Despair and anger blend together in the protests that ignited last summer. It can be seen in Saber al-Ashkar’s face, willing to scream his anger even in the wheelchair.
The boy asked his friends to accompany him by car so as not to miss the protests, he would not have had the courage to stay at home. Mahmud Hams has the merit of having also portrayed the real clashes, the photo below in particular also shows chromatically the contrasts that the conflict brings.
Mahmud Hams is a Gaza-based photojournalist documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on behalf of the AFP agency, on 13 October he won the 25th Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Prize for his portrait in Saber al-Ashkar.
Last but not least. Mohammed Salem is a Palestinian photographer based in Gaza who already in 2004 won the China International Press Photo Contest and in 2010 won the second prize in the Spot News category at the World Press Photo Contest. Since 2003 he collaborates with Reuters.
Mohammed Salem got noticed thanks to a very specific style that involves a full enhancement of contrasts, especially those originating from fire. In fact, his are some of the most popular nighttime series on Gaza on the net. The photographer was also injured in recent conflicts but fortunately not seriously.
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