Shu'fat Refugee Camp, overlooking Al 'Isawiya, East Jerusalem.
© JOSEF KOUDELKA / MAGNUM PHOTOS
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Acclaimed photographer Josef Koudelka was in Lebanon recently for the opening of his two-part show at Dar El-Nimer, "The Wall-Beirut". He shot "Beirut" in 1991, "The Wall" from 2008 to 2012 ."The Wall" is a study of the Israeli-built separation barrier that carves up occupied Palestine.Like the "Beirut" series, Koudelka produced the work as part of a group project.Smaller prints, complete with captions, snake through the Dar El-Nimer gallery, like a wall within a wall, while larger prints and a nine-meter projection absorb the viewer into the landscapes.The images prompt not only consideration of what is shown, but also what is not shown such as those who built the wall and those who live on either side of it.One person, Koudelka recalled, asked why he had not photographed the suffering of the Palestinians.Koudelka works doggedly, sometimes returning to locations repeatedly.Koudelka found similarities between the dangers of photographing the wall from the Palestinian side and his experiences during the Cold War.Now 80, Koudelka's extraordinary energy is palpable as he talks about his work and his experiences.
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