Salim Tamari, Issam Nassar, and Stephen Sheehi

Oct 13, 2022

Camera Palaestina

Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine

University of California Press 2022

Camera Palaestina: Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine (U California Press, 2022) is a critical exploration of Jerusalemite chronicler Wasif Jawhariyyeh (1904–1972) and his seven photography albums entitled The Illustrated History of Palestine. Jawhariyyeh’s nine hundred images narrate the rich cultural and political milieu of Ottoman and Mandate Palestine. Salim Tamari, Issam Nassar, and Stephen Sheehi locate this archive at the juncture between the history of photography in the Arab world and the social history of Palestine. Shedding new light on this foundational period, the authors explore not just major historical events and the development of an urban bourgeois lifestyle but a social field of vision of Palestinian life as exemplified in the Jerusalem community. Tracking the interplay between photographic images, the authors offer evidence of the unbroken field of material, historical, and collective experience from the living past to the living present of Arab Palestine.

In this podcast we discussed the origins of the book, its methodological approach and what the work of Wasif Jawhariyyeh can tell us about Palestine. The three ways conversation does not just discuss the book, but it serves as a companion and provides a great introduction to the life and work of Wasif Jawhariyyeh.

Roberto Mazza is currently an independent scholar. He is the host of the Jerusalem Unplugged Podcast and to discuss and propose a book for interview can be reached at robbymazza@gmail.com. Twitter and IG: @robbyref

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