Freelance photojournalist Laurent Guérin has been working in Israel and the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the last three years, from the millennium through the continuing Second Intafada. Guérin’s photographs of the region and the conflict have appeared in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal. Paris-born Guérin, who has lived in the United States since 1984, has previously documented the conflict in Nicaragua (1986), and Chiapas, Mexico during the height of the Zapatista uprising (1994). Guérin first became acquainted and deeply affected by the war and the Middle East as a member of the international peace-keeping force in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983-84.
His experiences in Beirut and among the Palestinians convinced him that Palestinian men, women and children have the same aspirations and dreams as every citizen of the world: to live in a safe place. Laurent Guérin, with writer Tom Collins, is currently working on a book about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Guérin resides in Taos, New Mexico.