Jews, Muslims, Christians, believers, nonbelievers, residents, tourists, and so many others have flocked for millenia to the cultural richness that has always been Jerusalem. It is one of the world's greatest crossroads showcasing the variety that is humanity. From her stunning viewpoint Michal Safdie invites you to see what she sees every day.
Born in Jerusalem, Israel,Michal Ronnen Safdiewas educated in the fields of sociology and anthropology. Her photographs have been noted for their unusual range, encompassing subjects from the natural world (studies of ice, anthropomorphic trees, and vapor trails) to human crisis and sociopolitical issues (refugees from Darfur, Gacaca trials in Rwanda, the Western Wall, migrant workers' quarters in East Asia, and orthodox women in Israel). Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. She now divides her time between Jerusalem and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Leading Israeli columnist and writerAri Shavitis the author of the critically acclaimedNew York TimesbestsellerMy Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. An outspoken columnist forHaaretz, Israel's newspaper of record, and a prominent commentator on Israeli Public Television, Shavit has become one of the strongest voices in the nation's public arena. He challenges the dogmas of both right and left with his unique insights into the roles of Israel and Zionism in the 21st century. Shavit is also a frequent contributor to theNew Yorker,The New York Times, theNew Republic,andThe Sunday Timesof London.
"The true delight of Under My Window comes from the
aesthetic serendipity of layers upon layers of feet and people and
fences mimicking the architecture of the landscape, stacked tables
and chairs standing before the layered stones of the Western Wall,
and the repetitive vision of cobblestone and rooftops reproducing
into the horizon, evoking the history of this space, and becoming
the layers of the past and present. Lingering in the midst of this
is the question of ownership, and Safdie's work renews questions of
who owns the in-betweens, the liminal passages between significant
religious and cultural pinpoints. This book not only captures the
streets and buildings, but the occupants of a contemporary
Jerusalem, both changing and destined to change, honoring this
history while creating it." * Musee *
As seen in: Jewish Telegraph, Jewish Review of Books, PDN Photo of the Day