Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip

Monique Jaques' photographic study of youth growing up in a complex region

For five years, photojournalist Monique Jaques repeatedly traveled to the Gaza Strip and captured compelling, personal images of those living there. It all began in 2004 when the American, who’s based in Istanbul, documented an eight-day war between Israeli defense forces and Hamas. It soon expanded into a narrative outside of what’s typically presented through the media. We regularly hear of the Gaza Strip in …

“This Place” at Brooklyn Museum

12 photographers share hundreds of images from years in Israel and the West Bank

There is no way to visually capture the complex essence of Israel and the West Bank. Any gargantuan portrayal would veer in the direction of the photographer’s experience, background and lens. This isn’t what Brooklyn Museum’s “This Place“—an exhibition of 600 photographs by 12 artists taken between 2009 and 2012—attempts to do. Rather, its depth aims to share unique visions from acclaimed photographers that demonstrate …

Speed Sisters: The Middle East’s All-Female Motor Racing Team

Amber Fares' upcoming documentary follows five talented women unafraid to take risks on and off the driving course

The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East’s first all-female motor racing team, their struggles not only as women in a male-dominated sport, but also in one of the most unstable parts of the world. Fares moved to Palestine over six years …