Double Blind - Lebanon Conflict 2006
Paolo PellegrinThu 05 Jul 2007 - Fri 07 Sep 2007
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The exhibition comprised 17 inkjet prints by Pellegrin taken from the book Double Blind, plus a projection of the images played with Patti Smith's song, 'Qana', the words of which also appear in the book.
The exhibition comprised 17 inkjet prints by Pellegrin taken from the book Double Blind, plus a projection of the images played with Patti Smith's song, 'Qana', the words of which also appear in the book.

The onslaught in Lebanon during the months of July and August, 2006, saw one of the most indiscriminate and relentless attacks on a civilian population of recent times. Israeli jets and missiles rained down their revenge for the kidnapping of two members of the Israeli Defence Force by the political Islamist group Hezbollah, in the form of over 5000 air strikes. This resulted in not only the deaths of over 600 Lebanese civilians but also an almost complete destruction of the country's infrastructure: schools, roads, hospitals and homes. In total Hezbollah launched 2500 rockets into Israel, resulting in the deaths of 36 Israeli civilians, and the wounding of hundreds more.



Paolo Pellegrin (Magnum Photos) and journalist Scott Anderson were in Lebanon during the conflict, on assignment for The New York Times and Newsweek. In particular Pellegrin documented the aftermath of the attack on the village of Qana in southern Lebanon, where many of the victims were children. Alongside his work is a diary account by Scott Anderson, who accompanied Pellegrin in Lebanon. The attack at Qana, also the second one to strike the village in living memory, soon after prompted the singer Patti Smith to respond in the form of a song, entitled 'Qana'.



Double Blind - Lebanon Conflict 2006 by Paolo Pellegrin is available from Trolley Books RRP £ 24.95.



Paolo Pellegrin was born in Rome, Italy in 1964. He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 2005 and has been a Newsweek contract photographer since 2000. He is the recipient of the 2007 Robert Capa Gold Medal and the W. Eugene Smith fund in 2006. He was also awarded First Prize in the General News category of World Press Photo. All three were for his work covering the conflict in Lebanon in 2006. He is also the author of Kosovo - The Flight of Reason (Trolley 2002).



Scott Anderson is a war reporter and novelist. He lives and works in New York.



Patti Smith is an acclaimed poet, singer and artist. An exhibition was held of her work using Polaroids at Trolley Gallery, London in November 2006 in support of this publication.
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