July, 2008. On the road, from East coast to West coast, with Barack, John and Hillary. I wanted to take the pulse of American sentiment in the summer months before the Presidential elections. What were Americans thinking? What was their opinion of the Bush administration, the war in Iraq, and especially, did they think our […]
America, mon amour: travels in a divided land. I made this photographic road trip in my home state of Oregon in the summer of 2004, while America was under the spell of the presidential campagne. G.W.Bush was running for a second term against the Democrat, John Kerry. Having lived in France since the early […]
Bosnia and Hercegovina, one of the republics of ex-Yougoslavia, was ravaged by war between 1992 and 1995, much of which I covered from various fronts. At the end of the war, I traveled through the war torn republic, photographing the destruction with a 4×5 view camera. In 2005, for the tenth anniversary of the Dayton […]
Israel’s separation barrier cuts through Palestinian lives. It is referred to as the “separation barrier” or the “apartheid wall” depending on which side of the ideological fence one stands. When completed, the West Bank wall/fence will snake through mostly Palestinian territory on a 720+ kilometer route. It was originally conceived to separate Israel from […]
Oh My God!
A short video surrounding the controversy in 2010 of a project to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero. On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, conservative and religious Americans opposed to the mosque project gathered in lower Manhattan to protest against the project. They claimed that this was sacred ground. There were also many citizens who came to support the project in the name of religious tolerance. President Obama reaffirmed the right of all Americans to freely practice the religion of their choice. The project was ultimately dropped.
“Facts on the Ground” is a trailer made in 2009 for a web documentary project that unfortunately never got funded. It concerns specifically the issue of East Jerusalem, which was to become the location of the Palestinian parliament following the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993. Many believe that a Palestinian state within the previously designated territory is quite impossible today and the question now is what will be the nature of Israeli-Palestinian cohabitation. The prognosis is not encouraging. The project idea follows an EU report in 2008 that Israeli “facts on the ground” were jeopardizing the possibility of a viable Palestinian state.