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Mati Milstein / Photojournalist

Shooting news, documentary and commercial photography from the Middle East to North America.

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

Gaza

A child’s bicycle stands unattended on a beach in the southern Gaza Strip.

Gaza

A child’s bicycle stands unattended on a beach in the southern Gaza Strip.

Across the Fence: 2012 Gaza war from the Israeli side

I photographed the 2012 conflict between Israel and Gaza from the Israeli side of the border fence. While, from the logistical perspective of the news organization for whom I was shooting, it certainly made sense to have an Israeli photographer covering the story in Israel and a Palestinian photographer covering in Gaza, it felt strange and frustrating for me to document and illustrate the story of only one side of a very asymmetrical conflict.

In recognition of this asymmetry, I decided to present images of my coverage of the war - shot within Israel - against the background audio of Israeli military shelling of the Gaza Strip.

Some of the included images were shot for United Press International and are © Mati Milstein/UPI

The Many Suns of Gaza

Illumination flares light up the sky and fires burn on the ground while the Israeli military shells the northern Gaza Strip before a ceasefire that was to go into effect at midnight on 19 November, 2012.

The Many Suns of Gaza

Illumination flares light up the sky and fires burn on the ground while the Israeli military shells the northern Gaza Strip before a ceasefire that was to go into effect at midnight on 19 November, 2012.

Gaza, a retrospective (III)

A Palestinian child cowers against a wall in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (III)

A Palestinian child cowers against a wall in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (II)

Palestinian school children walk home past an Israeli settlement in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (II)

Palestinian school children walk home past an Israeli settlement in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (I)

A Palestinian man from Rafah works in a sewing factory in the Israeli settlement of Rafiah Yam in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (I)

A Palestinian man from Rafah works in a sewing factory in the Israeli settlement of Rafiah Yam in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Drop your weapon

An Israeli infantry soldier rests during military operations in the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2000. This image appears in my non-fiction book My New Middle East, which was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

Drop your weapon

An Israeli infantry soldier rests during military operations in the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2000. This image appears in my non-fiction book My New Middle East, which was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

It’s always darkest before the dawn

Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip cross through the Erez checkpoint in the middle of the night in order to get to their jobs in Israel before the sun rises. August 2000.

It’s always darkest before the dawn

Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip cross through the Erez checkpoint in the middle of the night in order to get to their jobs in Israel before the sun rises. August 2000.

Shrapnel Wounds

Local residents observe the damage to a house that suffered a direct hit from a rocket during the Israel-Gaza conflict in November 2012.

Shrapnel Wounds

Local residents observe the damage to a house that suffered a direct hit from a rocket during the Israel-Gaza conflict in November 2012.

Running for Cover

Shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza killed several people in the Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi, people at the scene run for cover upon hearing an additional incoming rocket alert siren.

Running for Cover

Shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza killed several people in the Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi, people at the scene run for cover upon hearing an additional incoming rocket alert siren.

Death from Above

An Israeli man looks skyward at the sound of warplanes after a rocket fired from Gaza during the November conflict killed a number of people in Kiryat Malakhi.

Death from Above

An Israeli man looks skyward at the sound of warplanes after a rocket fired from Gaza during the November conflict killed a number of people in Kiryat Malakhi.

Casualties of War


Israeli emergency medical personnel evacuate the body of a person killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip during the November conflict hit an apartment building in the Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi.

Casualties of War

Israeli emergency medical personnel evacuate the body of a person killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip during the November conflict hit an apartment building in the Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi.

Rocket’s Red Glare


Israeli men examine the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that hit their community during the November conflict.

Rocket’s Red Glare

Israeli men examine the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that hit their community during the November conflict.

Free Parking

An Israeli army tank is parked at a highway rest area near the border with the Gaza Strip during the November conflict.

Free Parking

An Israeli army tank is parked at a highway rest area near the border with the Gaza Strip during the November conflict.

Dog of War

An Israeli soldier stretches atop an armored vehicle near the Gaza border during the November conflict.

Dog of War

An Israeli soldier stretches atop an armored vehicle near the Gaza border during the November conflict.