kimberly graydon

Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine | Winter 2016 – 2017

In December 2016, I was lucky enough to travel to the region for a photography and photojournalism workshop with the George Washington University.

This body of work was focused in the religious center of Jerusalem, where the two communities live side by side, separated from the rest of the land by a wall and under Israeli control. Within the wall, the city is divided between East and West with the only true mingling of cultures being the old city. Additionally, my work contains images from Palestinian territories in Bethlehem, the Judean Desert, and the Dead Sea.

The title of this work refers to the two names for this land. In the United States, the “Pro-Israel” versus “Pro-Palestine” argument can be polarizing, with one side often neglecting the sentiments and religious beliefs of the other. Abroad, I met Israelis and Palestinians who both had the same thing to say—“we want to live in peace”.