Each photo in this book, a collection culled from an exhibition held at the Jewish Museum in New York, tells its own story.
Some of the stories pull at your heart strings. There is the picture of a young perfect couple. Guy is handsome, young and fit. Ronit is a strikingly attractive woman. The photo captures Guy and Ronit sitting on a wall overlooking the picturesque desert. Everything seems so symmetrical, a love scene in the landscape. And then you look further. Guy, the fit young man, has lost his legs below the knees. His story is even more powerful than the picture. This is life in Israel.
In this work Susan Tumarkin Goodman captures more than people with her lens. There are spectacular pictures of walls. Walls with slogans. Walls with murals. Even a wall with a picture of the scenery that is blocked from view on the other side.
Dateline Israel portrays Israel in all its spectacular rawness.