Mack Books, 2014

they hammer your head
they wrap you in the flag
they dance, and shout
messiah messiah messiah

Rosalind Fox Solomon spent five months in Israel and the West Bank during 2010-11, traveling by local bus along with commuter workers. Her subjects included Jewish teenagers at Purim, Christians at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Ghanian pilgrims at the Mount of Olives.

Punctuating the images are fragments of text – amusing and frightening background conversations, recorded in Solomon’s journal; the texts reveal the humanity of each person photographed, a window onto lives conditioned by violence and uncertainty.