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No Man’s Land

Larry Towell's testimony of unrest and daily life of those caught in the on-going Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Larry Towell

Larry Towell | No Man's Land Palestinian demonstrators in clash with Israeli soldiers. One child has just thrown a rock with a home catapult. Ramallah, West Bank, Israel/Palestine. 2000. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Masked Palestinian demonstrators preparing to throw molotov cocktails toward Israeli soldiers. Three or four youths were making molotov cocktails out of gasoline and sand in the adjacent alley, lig (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Rachael's Tomb. Young Palestinian man loading stone into home made catapult during clash with Israeli Army following funeral of 13 year old Moayad Osama Jawareesh, shot and killed the previous day (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land A religious Muslim woman and her children navigate their way around an Israeli tank during the Army's invasion of Hebron which helps to enforce a 24-hour curfew on the city center. Hebron, West Ban (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land An Arab child and Israeli soldier after a demonstration by Israeli settlers who marched through the Arab quarter of East Jerusalem. They were protesting the September 1993 signing of the Israeli-Pa (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Pilgrim, Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine. 2000. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Arabs on stone street near Damascus Gate. Arab Quarter, East Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine. 2001. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land A Palestinian man blocks the afternoon sun from his eyes as he exits the Ramallah checkpoint, where thousands of Palestinians are humiliated daily. Ramallah, West Bank, Israel/Palestine. 2003. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land A home destroyed on the edge of Balata Refugee Camp. Residents wander through the wreckage of a home following Israel's withdrawal from Nablus. Holes were blown through the walls with tanks and mis (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Clean-up operation begins. An elderly Palestinian couple overlook ruins of Hawashin district of Jeniin Refugee Camp as a home beyond repair is torn down. Approximately 4000 Palestinian residents we (...)
Larry Towell | No Man's Land Wall graffiti of Israeli soldier shooting Palestinian children. Paintings of 'Martyr Children' also adorn the wall as another child approaches. Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza, Israel/Palestine. 2001. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land A Palestinian youth in rubble of a home where the illegal Jewish settlement of Gush Katif and the Khan Younis camp meet. Khan Younis Camp, Gaza Strip, Israel/Palestine. October, 2003. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell | No Man's Land A Palestinian man runs through an opening in the wall where the last 8 meter high concrete slab seal is to be set in place. Cut off from Israel and often from the rest of the West Bank, Palestinian (...)

This is photographer and journalist Larry Towell’s documentary account of the Palestinians. It reveals the landscape of a scarred and battered “no man’s land” – the area that calls itself Palestine and Israel, but which is neither fully – and the daily lives of the people who live there. Photographed over a period of ten years and completed with the support of the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (with Towell as its first recipient, in 2003), this is Towell’s most important body of work to date and a landmark of photographic art and journalism. Towell describes the physical and psychological walls that divide Palestinians from Israelis and a land divided against itself.

As Towell relates in an excerpt from the book, “Today, the little that remains of Palestinian land has been cut to ribbons by a military infrastructure of settlement roads, checkpoints, watch-towers, security gates, walls and weapons, guaranteeing Israel’s ultimate control and extending it to satellite settlements, the purpose of which is clearly expansionist. By granting Israel enough political immunity to flout international law, the U.S. has helped turn it into a pariah, condemned by the world community.”

Towell illustrates this through his black and white photographs, many of them epic panoramas, which are simultaneously sad, haunting, breathtaking and beautiful. With a foreword by Robert Delpire.