Lev cohen

Photo Series

About the artist: Lev Cohen is a freshman majoring in Global Studies and Economics.

About the piece: These photos were taken in Morocco and Israel and represent a journalistic photography style with images of nature and everyday life in both countries. Click the title of each piece to read more.

Morning Reading, Old Jewish Quarter, Meknes, Morocco (April 7, 2022)

A man sits on the side of the street by his van reading in the late morning outside the old Jewish graveyard in the former Jewish Quarter of Meknes. The Jewish population of Morocco headed nearly 250,000 to 300,000 people. After World War Two, especially with the creation of Israel, Moroccan Jewry migrated enmasse to Israel after pogroms in Oujda and Jerada led to fear that the persecution of Jews in Morocco would soon come. Later in 1954 with Moroccan independence, Mohammed V granted the Jews of Morocco citizenship but with many restrictions on their freedoms, effectively rendering them second-class citizens. Now, the old Jewish Quarters remain empty.

The Leather Worker

Medina Tannery, Fes, Morocco (April 8, 2022)

A leather worker walks along the dye tanks. The tanks are made of stone and hold dye and liquids that soften the fabric. This traditional style of leatherworking is an ancient technique that has existed since the inception of the city of Fes. Before tourists walk up to the lookout they are given mint leaves to mask the smell of the raw leather and dyes.

Haredi Funeral

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel (December 25th, 2021)

A group of Haredi Jews surround a grave atop the Mount of Olives, the oldest Jewish graveyard in the world. The Mount of Olives is deeply important to all three Abrahamic religions and it is often a flashpoint for conflict due to its location in Jerusalem between the division of the East and West border.

The Valley Below

Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, (January 27th, 2022)

A Nubian Ibex stands at the edge of a cliff at overlooking the world’s largest erosion valley, Maktesh Ramon. The Nubian Ibex is an important symbol of Middle Eastern culture and it is deeply integrated in the city of Mitzpe Ramon. They are extremely nimble and jump down the walls of the crater eating the various plants that grow in the cracks of the stone.

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