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Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, by Carol Spencer Mitchell

By Carol Spencer Mitchell

"You're going where?" Carol Spencer Mitchell's father demanded as she trigger in 1984 to hide the center East as a photojournalist for Newsweek and different guides. during this intensely considerate memoir, Spencer Mitchell probes the motivations that impelled her, a unmarried, Jewish girl, to record the turmoil roiling the Arab global within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, in addition to how her reports as a photojournalist "compelled [me] to put aside [my] cameras and reexamine the best way photographs are created, scenes are framed, and the way 'real lifestyles' is packaged for particular information stories." at risk Pay, Spencer Mitchell takes us on a harrowing trip to PLO army education camps for Palestinian youngsters and to refugee camps within the Gaza Strip earlier than, in the course of, and after the 1st intifada. via her eyes, we adventure the media frenzy surrounding the 1985 hijackings of TWA Flight #847 and the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro. We meet center jap leaders, particularly Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan, with whom Spencer Mitchell constructed shut operating relationships. And we witness Spencer Mitchell's starting to be conviction that the Western media's portrayal of conflicts within the center East really is helping to gasoline these conflicts--a conviction that finally, as she says, "shattered my career." even if the occasions that Spencer Mitchell documents came about a iteration in the past, their repercussions reverberate within the conflicts happening within the heart East this day. Likewise, her main issue approximately "the triumph of photograph over truth" takes on better urgency as our wisdom of the area turns into ever extra filtered through digital media.

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But she remembers well what it was like to have her land confiscated, to be rounded up and forced to flee, to have her home taken without any compensation, and she can’t forgive that even if the story is true. I understand that too. She doesn’t equate the two pasts, the experiences of Palestinian and Jew. Why should she? Neither do I. Their histories are different. But she knows she is the victim of victims. She speaks of the inescapable conflict between Arabs and Jews and the humiliations to which Palestinians are subjugated.

He continued to be politically active during the early 1950s while he was a student at Cairo University, where he obtained an engineering degree—interrupting his studies to take training courses in weaponry, specializing in explosives. By the time he was thirty, he was living in Kuwait and had set up his own contracting business. It was here that the idea of an armed organization with the intention of liberating Palestinian land was first discussed with Khalil al-Wazir, Salah Khalaf, and other prosperous young exiles.

The girls sit quietly on wooden benches, three students crowded to a desk. I study how the light falls in the room as a whole and on specific children, from which windows. I move my tripod a few feet to the left, swivel a camera into place, and look at the creative possibilities through the perspective of a lens. The moment the lesson begins, every child tilts forward, throwing my computations out. When the teacher asks a question, I lose sight of their faces behind the jumble of frantically waving hands.

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