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Sweden photographer's Gaza photo wins news prize

April 3, 2010 3:13 P.M. (Updated: April 3, 2010 3:15 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) announced Saturday that Swedish photographer Kent Klich was recently awarded the first prize of the World Press Photo awards in the category General News Singles.

The winning image is a photograph of a destroyed home in Gaza City, in the aftermath of the Israeli attacks on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, PCHR said in a statement.

Klich worked on the Gaza photo album between 18 February and 8 March 2009, visiting dozens of homes damaged in the Israeli attacks with the assistance of PCHR team.

PCHR Deputy Director Jaber Wishah wrote the foreword to Kilch's book, which was published in Sweden by Journal and in the United States by Umbrage Editions. The book was named the best book of 2009 by photographer Martin Parr in Photo-Eye Magazine.

Klich writes about his work that he arrived in the Gaza Strip on the 18th of February this year, "just after Israel's immediate actions of war had ceased and people had begun to try to recreate some kind of everyday existence within the broken wasteland. My task was to document the inside story, the private sphere of the devastation, the ruined homes of families that had been fired upon. The work was accomplished together with fact finders from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights."

The "Gaza Photoalbum" Exhibition has been shown at the Umbrage Gallery in New York and at the Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm and will be exhibited in Phom Penh, Cambodia in November 2010.
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