Photographs by Josef Koudelka.
Aperture, New York, 2013. 120 pp., illustrated throughout, 14¾x10¼".
Josef Koudelka's Wall comprises panoramic landscape photographs he made from 2008 to 2012 in East Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and in various Israeli settlements along the route of the barrier separating Israel and Palestine.
Whereas Israel calls it the 'security fence,' Palestinians call it the 'apartheid wall,' and groups like Human Rights Watch use the term 'separation barrier,' the wall in Koudelka's project is metaphorical in nature - focused on it as a human fissure in the natural landscape. Wall conveys the fraught relationships between humankind and nature and between closely related cultures.
A chronology, lexicon, and captions provide context for the photographs. Wall is part of a larger project, This Place, initiated by photographer Frédéric Brenner that explores Israel as place and metaphor through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers, who were invited to look beyond dominant political narratives - not to judge, but to question and to reveal.