George Nehmeh was the first photographer to enter the Palestine refugee camp of Shatila, in Lebanon, after the massacre in 1982. Finding some of his pictures in the Agency's photo library in Gaza brought back what he describes as his saddest memories. Describing that time to the young people in Gaza working on the digitization of the archive of UNRWA photographs, he told them that after taking those pictures in Shatila, he stayed home for a month, unable to work.
George Nehmeh, born in Beirut, was an UNRWA photographer and filmmaker from 1960 to 1996. During this period, he captured dramatic moments in the history of the Palestine refugees in films and photographs. Recently, he visited camps in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, meeting with people he had photographed during his career.
'The Long Journey', an exhibition unveiling the newly digitized UNRWA film and photo archive, opens on Thursday 28 November at 6 p.m. at the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City of Jerusalem.