Jerusalem, Israel Photographs

Image of Jerusalem GardenBuilt high in the mountains between the coastal plain and the desert, Jerusalem is a city that has inspired dreamers and prophets, conquerors and peacemakers. It has been sacked countless times, but it remains a symbol of peace. Pilgrims come from around the world to stroll down the narrow, winding alleyways of the Old City that echo with almost 4,000 years of human history. They come to Jerusalem to visit the Biblical city of David, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and to pray on the site from which Muhammad made his “night journey” to heaven. Even today, most pilgrims who arrive here dream of a day when people will find a way to live together in peace.

For six years, publisher, photographer and poet Rick Black lived in Jerusalem, studying on a scholarship at Hebrew University and later working for The New York Times, covering the first Palestinian intifada and the first Persian Gulf War. He often went for lengthy walks throughout the city and its picturesque neighborhoods.

When he returned years later as a poet and artist, he tried to capture the spirit of Jerusalem in his poems and digital art. After taking a series of photographs, he works on each one by applying various digital filters that saturate color and intensify the emotional impact, thereby turning it into a digital painting that can be reproduced in various ways. Often, he will zero in on a particular part of a photo that resonates for him. To get a closer look, please click on the images below of the Old City, Yemin Moshe, and other sections of Jerusalem.

All of our photographs are made on an Epson Sure Color P900 Giclée printer using the finest archival, fade-resistant pigment inks and acid free papers that have been tested to last for at least 100 years, depending upon framing and exhibition conditions. All of these prints are made on Epson premium photo glossy paper.

You can also click on Peace and War: A Collection of Haiku From Israel to take a look at Rick’s special, handmade chapbook of poems, his prize-winning collection Star of David, or images that he has turned into Jerusalem note cards.

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