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Marco di Lauro September 29, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Gaza, Israel.

Kerem Atzoma, Gaza Strip, 2005

Marco Di Lauro (b.1970, Italy) took his first photograph at the age of 14 during a vacation in Egypt. His mother taught him how to use the Olympus OM-10 and frame his first  landscapes. He studied  journalism at Boston University and  1993 returned to Italy and received a diploma in photography from the European Institute of Design in Milan. After working as photo assistant-editor at Magnum in Paris Marco paid his own way to the Kosovo in 1997 where he was one of the few photo-reporters on hand when the ethnic cleansing began. Marcothen became an AP staff photographer and covered the 2000 Jubilee of the Catholic Church from Rome. In 2002, Marco began working under an exclusive  contract for Getty Images, covering the Middle Eastern conflict in the Gaza Strip and spent almost all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, documenting the American invasion and the drama of the Iraqi people.

About the Photograph:

Angry Jewish settlers are seen on the front door of their house raising their hands in the air as they employ Nazi-era imagery – including stars of David on their T-shirts – in protest against their forced removal by Israeli troops from their home, before they are walked out of their front door to a waiting bus in the Kerem Atzmona illegal settlement outpost in the Gaza Strip. The 12 resident families and hundreds of their supporters were forcibly evicted under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan.


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