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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."

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.

Nacidas para pilotar / Born to Drive

Palestine’s Speed Sisters all-women race car driving team make a feature appearance in El Pais, Spain’s largest daily newspaper. Click here for the whole story.

Nacidas para pilotar / Born to Drive

Palestine’s Speed Sisters all-women race car driving team make a feature appearance in El Pais, Spain’s largest daily newspaper. Click here for the whole story.

Domestic Violence

A Palestinian woman and her daughters are overcome after Israeli troops fire tear gas grenades into their home during clashes in the Qalandiya refugee camp.

Domestic Violence

A Palestinian woman and her daughters are overcome after Israeli troops fire tear gas grenades into their home during clashes in the Qalandiya refugee camp.

"Take Back The Streets"

A selection of my photos shot in the West Bank appear in a report - “Take Back The Streets: Repression and criminalization of protest around the world” - just released by the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations. Click here to see the full report.

"Take Back The Streets"

A selection of my photos shot in the West Bank appear in a report - “Take Back The Streets: Repression and criminalization of protest around the world” - just released by the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations. Click here to see the full report.

Walking the Line

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near the Syrian border. Israel ordered a limited mobilization of reserve soldiers and bolstered its missile defense system this past week as the threat of an American attack on Syria looms larger.

Walking the Line

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near the Syrian border. Israel ordered a limited mobilization of reserve soldiers and bolstered its missile defense system this past week as the threat of an American attack on Syria looms larger.

Faceless

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in.

Faceless

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in.

Rest in Peace

The Tasou cemetery in Jaffa, seen in this nighttime photograph, has been the focal point of a decades-long, protracted legal battle between the city’s Palestinian Muslim community and a private Israeli real estate developer.

Rest in Peace

The Tasou cemetery in Jaffa, seen in this nighttime photograph, has been the focal point of a decades-long, protracted legal battle between the city’s Palestinian Muslim community and a private Israeli real estate developer.

Center Stage

A young member of a Georgian dance troupe performs at an Israeli Independence Day event in the coastal city of Bat Yam, located just south of Tel Aviv.

Center Stage

A young member of a Georgian dance troupe performs at an Israeli Independence Day event in the coastal city of Bat Yam, located just south of Tel Aviv.

The Banality of Evil

Senior Israeli prosecutor Gabriel Bach examines a document that Adolf Eichmann, key architect of the Nazi Holocaust, signed while being held in Israeli detention prior to his eventual execution in 1962. Shot for Bild.

The Banality of Evil

Senior Israeli prosecutor Gabriel Bach examines a document that Adolf Eichmann, key architect of the Nazi Holocaust, signed while being held in Israeli detention prior to his eventual execution in 1962. Shot for Bild.

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.

Nablus sector, 2009

An Israeli infantry soldier pauses during a patrol in the northern West Bank.

Nablus sector, 2009

An Israeli infantry soldier pauses during a patrol in the northern West Bank.

Women’s Intifada

Palestinian women and men in Jaffa demonstrate in solidarity with Egyptian women struggling against sexual harassment and assault.

Women’s Intifada

Palestinian women and men in Jaffa demonstrate in solidarity with Egyptian women struggling against sexual harassment and assault.

Another Brick in the Wall

Israeli soldiers stop a Palestinian youth seeking to enter Nablus through one of the military checkpoints surrounding the West Bank city.

Another Brick in the Wall

Israeli soldiers stop a Palestinian youth seeking to enter Nablus through one of the military checkpoints surrounding the West Bank city.