Seventeen years of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Thomas Kern was born in Switzerland in 1965. Trained as a photographer in Zürich, he started working as a photojournalist in 1989. He was a founder of the Swiss photographers agency Lookat Photos in 1990. Thomas Kern has won twice a World Press Award and has been awarded several Swiss national scholarships. His work has been widely exhibited and it is represented in various collections.
Photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer documented life in the Occupied Territories. In the 1990s, he lived in the Gaza Strip and was known "Habib al-Shaab" - Friend of the People. He travelled with his cameras thousands of kilometres throughout the small enclave on his motorbike, observing changes over more than a decade. Wiedenhöfer speaks Arabic and relied on it for his work. He admits though that listening to frustrated Palestinians totally eroded the emotional distance usually expected of photographers. (Additional pictures by Thomas Kern)