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'I'm 33 Years Old and I've Never Been on a Plane': The Palestinian Photographer at the Gaza Border

It took Abdel Zagout, a 33-year-old photographer from Gaza, five years to complete a project on Egypt's border with Gaza that won him the Red Cross 2018 photography competition



"I'm 33 years old and I've never been on a plane," says Abdel Zagout, a Palestinian photographer from Gaza. Abdel received a master's degree in media from Al-Aqsa University in 2008 and has since worked as a freelance photojournalist and photography teacher.

It took him five years to complete the project that won him the Red Cross 2018 photography competition. The project, which was photographed for the most part at the Rafah Crossing on Egypt's border with Gaza, presents the lives of young people like him, for whom leaving the Strip is an unattainable dream.

For Abdel, the photos are a way of expressing a psychological situation of desperate isolation, a situation that is a painful reality for him and his friends.

Blog editor: Daniel Tchetchik. From Exposure: Haaretz Photo Blog. Follow on Facebook

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