HABIBI is the winner of the 2020 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights. The project was selected to be published as a book by an international jury.
HABIBI, is a chronicle of a love story set in one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. It follows families in Palestine with men serving long sentences in Israeli jails, who smuggle sperm and use in-vitro fertilization to have children. Most media depict Palestine as a war zone. HABIBI takes a purely humanistic approach to one non-violent response to oppression.
The book HABIBI is printed in a limited edition of 500 copies. It measures 17x 23 cm. and contains 58 color photographs, four inserts with images of prisoners taken of from a CCTV video and a personal narrative by the photographer. The book is enhanced with the poetry of Taha Muhammad Ali.
Photo Editor: Sarah Leen; Design: Ramon Pez; Introduction: Dr. Paridah Abd Samad Text Editor: David Stuart; Poem: “Revenge” by Taha Muhammad Ali
Translated from the Arabic by Pete Cole, Yahya Hijazi and Gabriel Levin and reprinted from “Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translation,” Peter Cole (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017).
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