Two years ago, author and documentary photographer Mark Howell, who was shortlisted for the Ian Parry scholarship in 2006, set out to document the day-to-day experiences of ordinary Palestinians through photographs and interviews.
The resulting book – What Did We Do To Deserve This?: Palestinian Life under Occupation in the West Bank – has now been published to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Six Day War and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
UK-based Howell, a former lawyer who retrained as a photographer, set out to convey the day-to-day realities of Palestinians experiences through their experiences and words, and examines many aspects ofdaily life in the West Bank , including freedom of movement, religion, business and the development of democracy, and how these are affected by Israel’s policies.
Howell’s work shuns melodrama for vignettes of the everyday, and shows a deep affinity with his subjects.
Top photograph shows Palestinian cafe in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, East Jerusalem © Mark Howell 2007. Image taken from “What Did We Do to Deserve This? Palestinian Life under Occupation in the West Bank” by Mark Howell (Garnet Publishing, 2007)