Dan Zev’s trip to Isreal and Palestine

This past Spring I took a month to travel all over Israel and Palestine. The Arab Spring, sweeping through the Middle East, is a cause for apprehension among Israelis and optimism for the Palestinians. There is a palpable tension that exists just below the surface of daily life, and it can quickly break out into violence.

During my time in-country there was a bombing in Jerusalem, countless rocket and mortar attacks committed against Israel by Hammas forces based in the Gaza Strip, devastating retaliatory strikes by the IDF, and the murders of two high-profile, pro-palestinians peace activists; Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni.

During my time in-country there was a bombing in Jerusalem, countless rocket and mortar attacks committed against Israel by Hammas forces based in the Gaza Strip, devastating retaliatory strikes by the IDF, and the murders of two high-profile, pro-palestinians peace activists; Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni.

At the same time, I experienced nothing but goodwill from everyone whom I met, both Israelis and Palestinians, and had a great time taking buses and shared-taxis from city to city. The entire month, I made it a point to not stay anywhere for more than three nights in a row so that I would always be seeing something different and meeting new people. In a country that’s smaller than New Jersey, I covered a lot of ground traveling at that pace.

I always had a camera on me and was taking pictures constantly. I’m still editing everything I shot but I’ve been posting one picture each day to my Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/high-karate/

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“For a Long Time…” at Roberts & Tilton Gallery

552 For a Long Time... at Roberts & Tilton Gallery Whitney Hubbs Vito Acconci Roberts & Tilton raymond pettibon Marina Abramovic Kehinde Wiley Hamish Fulton Erica Love

After the great Kehinde Wiley World Stage: Israel show, Roberts & Tilton will open “For a Long Time…”, a group show featuring works from Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Hamish Fulton, Whitney Hubbs, Erica Love, Raymond Pettibon, and Kehinde Wiley. You know, HEAVYWEIGHTS. The show will feature works that “examine varying periods of duration in which stamina is physically and psychologically confronted. Combining performative works by performance-based and nonperformance-based artists, the exhibition includes video, photography, text and docu-works.”

We endorse.

From The Citrus Report

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Dan Zev

1. I live in Brooklyn but have spent the last month traveling around Israel and Palestine. It’s a completely different world over here and its full of great people to meet and crazy things to photograph.

2. I take pictures of whatever is front of me. I’m not a conceptual guy, I just shoot a lot and try to make sense of things later. The best thing I shot on this trip has to be the demonstration in Bel’in, a weekly demonstration against Israel that’s been going on in this small town in Palestine for over 6 years now. There are always lots of Palestinian kids throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers and the soldiers fight back with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. It was my first time taking pictures in that sort of environment while it was unnerving at first to see some guy pointing an M-16 at me I ended up having a lot of fun taking pictures of the whole thing. I didn’t even mind getting a face full of tear gas…it suckedfor 5 minutes but it wire off quick and I went right back to where the action was to get more flicks.

3. I shoot 35mm mostly. On this trip my Leica has been getting the most use but Ive also been using a couple of point and shoots. I always thing its great when someone sees me working and they’re all like, “wow you are using a really old camera!” Just because digital photography has really taken over…but a lot if people still shoot film and I think its an easy way to set yourself apart these days. For example, there were dozens of people taking pictures at the demo in Bel’in but I was the only one shooting film that day. That’s important to note.

4. I went to school for photography and got a BA in studio art from a mediocre state university. I didn’t learn much there. The photo classes I took in high school were way more beneficial in that they really hot me stoked on photography un the first place. Since coming to New York worked in a photo studio and assisted a lot of professional photographers and have just gone out everyday with a camera and taken pictures…that’s the best way to learn really.

But I am going back to school for Photography in the fall. The ICP in Manhattan has a really good photojournalism and documentary program, so I’m going to be committed to that for the next year.

5. It’s hard to say what my influences are, I have favorite photographers whose work I really dig but I’m not sure how much it really effects what I end up shooting. My friends probably have the most direct impact in my work, it seems like they are all involved with great projects and seeing thembe creative and going for it really motivates me and my work.

6. I have no idea where life is taking me. In a few years I hope to be doing my thing, being creative, working in projects, making stuff and getting paid to do it all. That’s the goal right? Getting over with as little compromise as possible.

7. Photography Skateboarding, Bikes, Friends, Rad times, World Travel and Not getting shot makes me happy.

See more of his work at: WWW.Danzev.com

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Pretty sure this man does not a give a f@*!

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If you are President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and you come to NYC, about a stones throw from the site of the 9/11 plane smash into the WTO, and you call out the USA in front of the United Nations for “orchestrating” the whole thing to save Israel,  you officially do not give a fuck if you start a war. He basically just dared the US and its allies to drop some bombs on Tehran. Not pretty. For anyone. Wonder where he ate in Manhattan last night?

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Conor Harrington x Know Hope Paint The Middle East

We wanted to tell you directly after our studio visit with Conor Harrington the other week (but we’re good at keeping secrets, at the artist’s request) that Conor recently arrived in The Middle East, met up with Know Hope and Zero Cents, and already started to paint in both Israel and Palestine.

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CHOENASKI- a love letter to L.A.

Dear l.a.
It’s been over 2 decades since you saw me skating down Rosewood and Wilton on one knee ,kicking style , on my hosoi hammerhead deck .

On my return to los angeles this year, to celebrate my first art show in 6 years , just for you I have these limited edition t-shirts by THE HUNDREDS, and they’ll only be available at the rosewood store,
The Hundreds
7909 Rosewood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
And you’ll also be able to get these super limited CHOE hammerhead decks from giant robot, contact giantrobot.com

I grew up in los angeles watching movies, I’d go out the emergency exit at sparkys in the Beverly center, go up to the roof, and sneak into every movie, one summer I watched point break 10 times. It’s funny to think there’s gonna be a movie about me showing in L.A. but there is, it’s called dirty hands, and it’s coming soon
After a most triumphant run of the film festivals, the film I never want my mother to see, ran a huge party foul by not clearing any of the music rights, the entire movie was cut to the most awesome music, and none of the songs could be used, so we had james jean, joe hahn, hightower, renson and dr. luke come contribute in giant ways to add new next level beats and music to the movie, to the people who already saw dirty hands in the theater that’s the only time youll ever see that version, the new cut has arrived! Upperplayground presents dirty hands,
Dirty hands will be playing for a limited time in theaters ,April 30 to May 6 at the Sunset 5 in los angeles, and then move on to SF for showings from May 21 – May 27. Check Upper Playground for more information as the dates approach.

when I was a young lost teen , I overheard a slumlord/pimp tell one of his ho’s “ real g’s never wake up before noon, that’s for all those other mother fuckers out there.” As soon as I heard that ,even though
I really didn’t know what it was, I knew I wanted to be… a real “g” . instead I really got into
Charles Bukowski, like a lot of young lost teens, mostly through my older brother jimmy,
he had shoplifted these Robert crumb comics, where Crumb illustrated some bukowski stories about drinking
gambling and fucking , so of course we were hooked, Soon we were shop lifitng all of Bukowski’ books,
one day while reading one of his books I ran
into this line …”Never get out of bed before noon.”
I haven’t woken up before noon since 1997
because a pimp and bukowski told me so.
Bukowski wrote and said so many things that shaped my world view and opinions on life, Even when I was lost in the jungles and working in Israel , reading bukowski always made me feel like I was back at home in L.A.
he put into words what was so heavy on my mind and chest and that’s what all great artists do.
Here’s one more thing he wrote that changed everything for me.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.
This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.
It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is
the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.
And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything
else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight
to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
— Charles Bukowski
Here is a watercolor I did of the late great charles bukowski who saved my life through his words.

my next print will be of this painting,CHINASKI. it will be released Thursday april 15th,2010 ,an edition of 72 at $294. Contact bobby namba at bnamba@live.com , any emails prior to 12:01 am east coast time will be ignored, (18 by 22 inches) expect at least 2-3 weeks for delivery. limit to one per customer, if you send repeated emails to bobby ,harrassing him, you will be deleted from the list, he’s a nice guy so be nice to him, dont be a fucker.
also look out for a superlimited edition zine by me and Jason Jaworski available at my show in l.a. only on the first day, you been warned, awesome books, awesome toys and other awesome shit coming soon, stay posted.