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Paolo Pellegrin – Gaza Portraits

 Emad Owda, 30 yrs old, is seen in Gaza, Palestine in 2012. It was late at night on January 14th, 2009 when Emad decided to flee the area, as his family already had, due to a massive shelling. He was with a friend when he was hit by a drone. His friend died immediately while he was left bleeding for 40 minutes with severe wounds. Then an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital where he stayed for 3 days, before being transferred to Egypt. He lost a leg, while the other one is severely damaged. He also lost his right eye. He is a father of 3 children. He said that after the war he went to the PCHR center in the north of Gaza, in the Jabalia camp, to describe what happened to him.

Emad Owda, 30 yrs old, father of 3 children, is seen in Gaza, Palestine in 2012.
It was late at night on January 14th, 2009 when Emad decided to flee the area, as his family already had, due to a massive shelling. He was with a friend when he was hit by a drone. His friend died immediately while he was left bleeding for 40 minutes with severe wounds. He lost a leg, while the other one is severely damaged. He also lost his right eye.

Apr 26 – Oct 26 2014 at the Perspektivet Museum
Storgata 95 – Tromsø, 9006 – Norway
More info: www.perspektivet.no

Since 2000, Paolo Pellegrin has reported from both sides in the long-standing Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Between 27th December of 2008 and 18th of January 2009, the Israeli military carried out an attack on the Gaza Strip named Operation Cast Lead. The magnitude of the harm to the population, buildings and infrastructure was unprecedented. 

In Gaza Portraits Pellegrin meets Palestinian civilians who had their lives dramatically changed. Due to severe injuries and loss oflimbs, many lost their ability to support their families or to complete their education.

Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome. Between 1991 and 2001 Pellegrin was represented by Agence VU in Paris. In 2001 he became a Magnum Photos nominee and a full member in 2005. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years.

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