“Ruth” story. “Ruth” story. “Ruth” carrying off wheat measured by “Boaz” (Sirvart), Bethlehem in background [sic]

  • Creator: Matson Photo Service
  • Year: [between 1940 and 1946]
  • Location: Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine

A Palestinian woman plays the role of Ruth in a series of photographs showing scenes from the Bible. According to Issam Nassar, subjects of photographs by European photographers “were often depicted not as particular individuals but as representatives of ‘types’ of people living in the Holy Land” and Palestinians served as placeholder figures to illustrate historical events.

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