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Dante Sisofo’s series “Jericho, City of the Moon” has been selected as Honorable Mention by Mark Abramson and as a finalist in the 2022 Eyeshot Open Call series category.
“Jericho, City of the Moon”
Jericho, a Palestinian city in the West Bank, holds the distinction of being the world’s oldest and lowest city, situated approximately 250 meters below sea level in the Dead Sea Depression.
From 2017 to 2018, Dante Sisofo embarked on a captivating journey to document and immerse himself in the everyday life of the Palestinian refugee camp of Aqabat Jabere.
Through his lens, the photographer navigated the complexities of life along the Israeli-West Bank border, capturing not only the conflict but also the moments of joy and playfulness that characterize the human experience in the region.
Jericho, city of the moon
Dante Sisofo’s “Jericho, City of the Moon” project combines documentary and street photography, providing an intimate portrayal of the people, culture, and resilience that define life in the camp. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the diverse range of emotions and experiences that pervade the community, Sisofo’s photographs serve as a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit amidst adversity.
As Sisofo continues his journey, his ultimate goal is to travel the world and uncover more stories of human resilience and connection through the lens of his camera. “Jericho, City of the Moon” is a shining example of Sisofo’s dedication to this mission, showcasing the beauty and resilience that can be found even in the most challenging circumstance.
Eyeshot Magazine #10 | Open Call Edition
This is the tenth issue of Eyeshot Magazine always in limited edition of 500 copies, showcasing the thoughtful and creative photographs of the 70 talented photographers who have been selected as the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022. The artworks were chosen from over 6000 photographssubmitted from more than 100 different countries, making this a truly global showcase of street and documentary photography.
Dante Sisofo is a street and documentary photographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2018, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, he returned to Jericho to live with a Palestinian family, an experience that profoundly impacted him and led him to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Zambia, Africa in 2019. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic forced his evacuation from Zambia, and he returned to his hometown of Philadelphia.
Sisofo’s diverse experiences extend to the realm of political photography as well. In 2016, he worked as a photojournalist for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. More recently, amid the presidential election and Covid restrictions, he served as a field organizer, contributing to the election of President Joe Biden.
The 2022 Eyeshot Open Call saw the submission of over 6.000 photographs by incredibly talented photographers from over 100 different countries. With the participation on an extraordinary jury composed of Marco Savarese, founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, Magnum photographers such as Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, leading representatives of street and documentary photography scene – Vineet Vohra, Siegfried Hansen, Koci Hernandez , Mark Abramson and Isadora Kosofsky – and winners of the World Press Photo Award – Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana – these artworks were selected for their visual storytelling, creativity, and style in conveying their unique observations of contemporary reality.
Street and documentary photography feel the urgency to elevate the streets of the world into theaters without requiring humans to perform. In front of each of these images, you can mirror yourself. Or you can also just look at them.
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