Occupied Pleasures

23 April 2013

Abu Dis, West Bank

Women from the Al-Quds University practice team wrap up the last practice before the summer vacation, alongside the Israeli-built separation barrier.


More than four million people live in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, often in overcrowded or deprived conditions. People’s movements are circumscribed and the threat of violence never quite goes away. Yet although the challenges of conflict and occupation overhang everyday life, people are not solely focused on the difficulties of survival.


Abu Dis, Palestinian Territory

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/1000
ISO: 100
F-Stop: 9.0
Focal Length: 35.0 mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L USM lens
Lens: Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L USM lens

Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in the United States, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. Beginning her career in Texas, she documented Mexican migrant communities and urban poverty before returning to the Middle East. Tanya is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social, and human rights stories in the Middle East. She is a freelance photographer, features writer, and a founding member of the Rawiya photo collective (founded by five female photographers from across the Middle East).

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