Activestills

Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel

Edited by Vered Maimon and Shiraz Grinbaum

Activestills

Edited by Vered Maimon and Shiraz Grinbaum

Distributed for Pluto Press

296 pages | 800 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745336695 Published December 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In 2005, a group of photographers took a stand alongside the people of the small town of Bil’in, and documented their fight to stop the Israeli government building the infamous West Bank Barrier. Inspired by what they had seen in Bil’in, the group went on to form Activestills, a collective whose work has become vital in documenting the struggle against Israeli occupation and everyday life in extraordinary situations.
 
Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel examines the collective’s archive and activity from historical, theoretical, critical, and personal perspectives. It is the result of an in-depth dialogue among members of the collective and activists, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, and stands as the definitive study of the collective’s work.
 
Combining striking full-colour photographs with essays and commentary, Activestills stands as both a major contribution to reportage on Israel/Palestine and a unique collection of visual art. 
 
Review Quotes
Mazin Qumsiyeh, author of Popular Resistance in Palestine
"Activestills perfected the art of photography, providing viewers with a window into a reality that oppressors do not want seen. This touches souls and stimulates action for peace and justice. The book is highly needed, beautifully done, and riveting to the core."
 
Steve Edwards, Birkbeck College, University of London
"The Activestills collective have produced some of the most important and vital critical documentary work of our time. This book is a fitting tribute to their activity."
 
Thomas Keenan, Bard College
"The photographers of Activestills do not just take pictures and hope that something happens. Nor do they take them simply for the sake of memory. Instead, these frontline witnesses are inventing a new mode of conflict photography before our eyes - striking images, shockingly beautiful and painfully real, that are less about the struggle for justice and freedom in Israel and Palestine than actively involved in it. And they are doing it together - Palestinians and Israelis, and others - and thus already offering a demonstration of what might still be possible."
 
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