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Robert Capa photograph of a Palestinian in Arabic dress at a barbed wire border

Object | Accession Number: 2005.594.9

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    Brief Narrative
    Photographic print by Robert Capa of a Palestinian on the other side of the barbed wire border in the middle of the street in Beit Jala, near Bethelem, Israel, taken in August 1949. It was published as part of a promotional piece: ‘‘Israel's First Year. A Report on a new state."
    Artwork Title
    Artificial Borders of Israel
    depiction:  1949 August
    depiction: Bayt Jala (Palestine, West Bank)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Reichman
    back, top, black ink stamped, pencil handwritten on paper : STUDIO (stamped) / Name (stamped) illegible (handwritten) / Date 2718 (stamped) / File (stamped) Aug 27 (handwritten)
    back, top, black ink, stamped : 49344
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper : ISRAEL'S FIRST YEAR. A REPORT ON A NEW STATE.Pix by Rbt Capa "Magnum" / War over, Israel faces grim battle for survival. Jews entering the / promised land find, not milk and honey, but austerity, inflation / and uneasy frontiers.
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper : ISRAEL / 68: The borders of Israel are truly artificial. / Sometimes they run along the main street, as here / in Beit Jala (underlined), south of Jerusalem, near Bethlehem. / Here an Arab looks back at the lost land (illegible word crossed out) / and forbid den territory across the barbed wire.
    back, purple ink, stamped : PHOTO BY / ROBERT CAPA - MAGNUM / MAGNUM PHOTOS / 125, Faubourg St.- Honoré, 125 / Elysées-51-28 PARIS-8 (superscript 0)
    Photographer: Robert Capa

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Black and white photographic print taken from a medium distance. In the center of the image on a dirt road stands a dark skinned man wearing a white thobe with a dark belt, a black bisht, and a white keffiyah with a black band. He looks dispassionately at a tangled barbed wire fence crossing the road in the foreground. Behind him is a shoulder high rough stone wall and behind this is an orchard of leafy, possibly olive, trees. On the verso are 3 adhered caption label and stamps from his agency and a previous owner, and inscriptions in graphite and black and blue ink.
    overall: Height: 9.620 inches (24.435 cm) | Width: 8.120 inches (20.625 cm)
    overall : gelatin silver print, paper, adhesive, ink, graphite, crayon
    back, top left, pencil : 68 (encircled)
    back, top center, black ink, handwritten : /21
    back, top right, pencil : 354
    back, bottom, pencil : 6 (encircled)
    back, bottom, 10 16 128 deep

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    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Personal Name
    Capa, Robert, 1913-1954.

    Administrative Notes

    The photograph was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Dr. Mark Reichman.
    Record last modified:
    2023-07-10 11:22:06
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