West Bank in a Day

In recent years disagreements between Israel and Palestine regarding sovereign territory have frequently boiled over into violent confrontation. Although the lack of progress toward a mutually agreeable resolution has cast a pall over the region, many people around the world, including a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians, still hold an optimistic outlook for a two-state solution.

I had an opportunity to visit several cities in the Palestinian territories and the Dead Sea during my trip to Jerusalem last year, and made an effort to capture a sense of what life is like for the Palestinians who live in the West Bank. I was also fortunate enough to participate in a photowalk with a group of Palestinian photographers in Hebron, which gave me a chance to see their world through a lens different from my own.

The Dead Sea from Isaac Pacheco on Vimeo.

Swimmers float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea near Jericho.

Dead Sea Floaters
300mm @ 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 200

A Palestinian girl chases after a friend during a game of tag in Bethlehem beside the wall separating the West Bank from Israel.

Wall Tag
50mm @ 1/100, f/1.8, ISO 1600

Shoppers and vendors navigate a crowded street market in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Market Crowd
70mm @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 200

An Israeli Defense Force police officer stands sentry at a road checkpoint outside Hebron.

West Bank Roadside Police
35mm @ 1/800, f/4.5, ISO 320

Hebron, the West Bank’s largest city, is home to more than 215,000 Palestinian residents.

Hebron, West Bank
24mm @ 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100

A Palestinian woman passes through an Israeli Defense Force checkpoint in Hebron.

Hebron Checkpoint
70mm @ 1/250, f/9, ISO 100

A jewelry vendor assists a customer at a street market in Hebron.

Hebron Jewelry Vendor
24mm @ 1/1600, f/2.8, ISO 1250

In Hebron, a chain link canopy has been erected over portions of the street market to protect Palestinian pedestrians from objects thrown down by Israeli settlers in the buildings above.

Dangerous Overhead
32mm @ 1/250, f/9, ISO 400

Two Palestinian men engage in a jovial conversation at a poultry shop in Hebron’s central street market.

Hebron Chicken Vendors
Nikon F100, Kodak Portra 160, ISO 125

Children watch as an artist uses colored sand to create bottled keepsakes at a street market in Hebron.

Hebron Sand Man
24mm @ 1/250, f/2.8, ISO 400

Canned goods and sundries line the shelves of a small grocery store in Hebron’s Old Quarter.

Hebron Market Grocers (Film)
Nikon F100, Kodak Portra 160, ISO 125

Men play cards at a cafe in Hebron’s Old Quarter.

Cafe Card Game
38mm @ 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 3200

A young Palestinian man drinks coffee and smokes a cigarette in Hebron.

Hebron Street Portrait
Nikon F100, Fuji Velvia 100F, ISO 100

A Palestinian boy sells pastries at a street market in Hebron.

Palestinian Pastries
Nikon F100, Kodak Portra 160, ISO 125

Check out all the high-resolution shots from my trip to the West Bank in my Flickr album.

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