These photographs are more than simply a journalistic record of conflict and turmoil. They are the product of a very personal journey in a place full of shattered dreams brought about by an endless conflict which crosses the boundaries of culture and time. It's a place where the young are robbed of their youth and the elderly stripped of their dignity. The people who live here glorify their past, curse the present, and have difficulty imagining a future. Publishing this book for the 60th anniversary serves as a way of explaining the profound sense of frustration and loss felt on both sides of the Israel/ Palestine divide.
Judah Passow was born in Israel and grew up in America. His photographs have been published by all the leading European and American newspapers and magazines. A winner of four World Press Photo awards for his coverage of the conflict in the Middle East, Passow's work has been widely exhibited. His CD-ROM, Days of Rage, based on his work in Beirut from 1982 - 1985 received wide critical acclaim, and Shattered Dreams was nominated for the 2008 Deutsche Bourse photography prize. He is a frequent lecturer on photojournalism at British universities.