Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Dominic Nahr, Most Wanted, 2007, Chromogenic print, 50.8 x 76 cm. Courtesy Dominic Nahr and Polaris Images.
Dominic Nahr, Most Wanted, 2007
2008 Featured Exhibition

Dominic Nahr
The Gaza Strip: When Brothers Fight

May 15–June 14, 2008
Ryerson Gallery
80 Spadina Ave, Ste 305

Dominic Nahr’s photographs are a disturbing
testimony of what happens when hope breaks down
and a community loses sight of its common aims in
a deadly struggle for control between the
Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions. After
decades of conflict with Israel, the Gaza that
Nahr documents is torn by internal strife. He
witnesses the story of a people divided against
itself — brother against brother — caught between
a dark past and an uncertain future.

Nahr does not shy away from darkness, shadow
predominates his frames. He does not avoid
proximity to its dangers, but moves toward them.
He does not sensationalize violence, but tracks it
faithfully. He does not miss a gesture,
understanding the language of raised hands, bowed
heads, and hiding faces. His pictures carry the
acrid presence of fear, the weight of sadness, the
suffocating warmth of pressing crowds – all
suffused with a poetry that belies his own real
and present danger.

Nahr has been published in Newsweek Magazine, GQ
Magazine, South China Morning Post, The Globe and
Mail, Photo District News Magazine, and The
British Journal for Photography. In 2007, Nahr
became a contributing photographer for Polaris
Images.

Curated by Katy McCormick

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