I Would Have Smiled: Photographing the Palestinian Refugee Experience
Publisher: 
Institute for Palestine Studies
Publication Year: 
2009
Language: 
English
Number of Pages: 
197
Abstract

This book is a tribute to Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny. A photographer who devoted her career to documenting the lives of Palestinian refugees, Winter-Chaumeny was responsible for establishing the largest archive on the refugees’ life in the second half of the twentieth century. The photo archive of the UNRWA is a record that has preserved images of refugees from the start of their experience in uprooting and exile, through the many wars they endured and the harsh living conditions of their quotidian existence in the many camps. Authors from dif-ferent backgrounds contributed to this volume to celebrate the photographic legacy of a photographer, her achievements, and the subject of representation: the Palestinians.

Contributors include: Stephanie Latte-Abdallah, Ibtissam Barakat, John Borger, Vincenzo Consolo, Beshara Doumani, Samera Esmair, Munir Fakher Eldin, Suheir Hammad, Sari Hanafi, Widad Kawar, Khaled Mattawa, Adlene Meddi, Ilan Pappe, Michael Romig Ghassan Salhab, Ella Habiba Shohat, Salim Tamari, Murat Uyurkulak, and Sobhi al-Zobaidi.

Table of Contents
Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny's Photographs: Capturing Palestinians, in Shadow and Light
Myrtle Winter-Chaumeny, Refugees and Photography
UNRWA Photographs 1950-1978: A View of History or Shaped by History
Palestinian Refugee Camps: Disciplinary Space and Territory of Exception
The Consolidation of Impermanence: A History of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp
Memory, Documentary and History
Untitled 1
On the Birth of the Refugee Camp
Will They Ever Come Back?
Children Looking
The Alphabet of Dispossession
Untitled 2
Untitled 3
A History from the Back
A Frozen Fragment of History
I Would Have Smiled
Zareefeh
Proof
Untitled 4
Untitled 5
Untitled 6
War and Distance

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