War Photography

Shooting Gaza

Mosa'ab Elshamy snuck into Gaza to photograph the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Shooting Gaza

When photographer Mosa'ab Elshamy crossed into Gaza through a tunnel to cover the week-long Israel-Hamas conflict, he didn't know quite what to expect. In the morgues and on the streets, he struggled to capture iconic images of grief-stricken Gazans without intruding too much on a family's most intimate moments. The experience led him to reflect on the delicate balance between being a professional recorder of conflict and maintaining a human perspective, even while bombs are falling all around from almost-invisible sources.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

A child walks past the destroyed home of Abu Nodeira family in Rafah city.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

A father recites verses of Quran and prayers for his son whom he had lost during the war.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

A wailing boy in shock over the loss of his father killed during an Israeli strike.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

A man about to embrace the body of his brother in Shifaa Hospital's morgue.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Children in Shate refugee camp in southern Gaza pose for the camera and give the victory sign.