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Shaul Schwarz January 24, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Israel.

“Gush Katif” a Jewish enclave in the Gaza Strip, 2005

Shaul Schwarz (b.1974, Israel) began his photographic career in the Israeli air force. After finishing his service he began to cover news in Israel and in the West Bank before relocating to New York in 1999. His work has regularly appeared in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Marie Clair, Geo, Men’s Journal, Paris Match, Stern, among others. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 granted him two World Press Photo Awards. In 2006 Schwarz won the highly acclaimed Visa D’or in Perpignan for his work on Uprooting Settlers from the Gaza strip. He has recently covered the aftermath of the Kenyan elections for Newsweek and worked with CNN’s Christiana Amanpour on her new film to be released at the end of the year. He has recently started teaching workshops at the International Center of Photography in New York. Shaul is represented by Getty Images.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was taken as part of a project following Jewish settlers throughout the 2005 Gaza disengagement when 9,000 Jewish settlers were uprooted from their houses and the lands were finally given back to the Palestinians in August 2005.  Covering the story I decide to live with the settlers through the last three months of their existence. For the most part the settlers went on a campaign of denial and in order not to cooperate with the state of Israel they decided to simply continue on with their life: even continuing to plant their fields. In the picture we see a group of Hassidic Jews who were visiting the beach enjoying a moment of tranquility. I think this picture shows some of what my project was about, capturing life before the storm of the pull out.”