A Story Through Photos, No Words Needed

Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Aug. 9. Rescuers looking for survivors and bodies at the Qassam Mosque. The bodies of four men were extracted from the site after hours of searching. - Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum, for the New York Times
Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Aug. 9. Rescuers looking for survivors and bodies at the Qassam Mosque. The bodies of four men were extracted from the site after hours of searching. – Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum, for the New York Times

It is truly amazing how a story can be told with just a few photographs. When the images are that powerful, no words are even needed.

On August 29, 2014, The New York Times Magazine published a piece called “On the Ground in Israel and Gaza” about the recent outbreak of war. Normally I would not be drawn to this kind of article, but this one drew my attention right away because it was different than most. Instead of just a print story, this piece was a compilation of scenes that two photographers captured during the war that included some text in between.

When I look at the collection of photos that Paolo Pellegrin and Peter Van Agtmael captured, I feel like  I am right in the middle of the chaos. The emotions that their subjects are portraying are so powerful that they make me feel a similar way. I also enjoyed the variety that publishing some photos in black and white and others in color created.

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