Basel Al Yazouri: The Prodigy Photographer from Gaza

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

Last summer, during Israel’s 51-day assault on the Gaza Strip, Basel Al Yazouri took hold of his camera and documented his people’s mourning and perseverance.

The Gaza-born Al Yazouri (the grandchild of refugees from Beit Daras, a village ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948) gathered 15 out of the hundreds of photographs and submitted them to the renowned Magnum Foundation in New York for their Human Rights fellowship. Al Yazouri bested hundreds of applicants to become the youngest and first Palestinian recipient of the fellowship.

Basel Yazouri in the Al Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza Strip, February 9, 2015. Photo Credit: ActiveStills Basel Yazouri in the Al Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza Strip, February 9, 2015. Photo Credit: ActiveStills

Although he picked up a camera only a few years ago, he’s quickly made a name for himself.

In 2013, he became the youngest member of the popular documentary photography website ActiveStills, founded by Israeli and international photographers “in solidarity with the Palestinian people.” Just 16-years-old, Al Yazouri’s photographs of restless Palestinian teenage boys…

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