Holy Land from the Air

Amos Elon, Author ABRAMS $39.95 (143p) ISBN 978-0-8109-1164-2
Nowitz's 104 magnificent, buoyant aerial photographs reveal a modern country steeped in history and religion, and luminous skies against arid and lush terrain. There are pictures of prehistoric caves near Zichron Yaakov, a wine-making village on the western slope of Mt. Carmel; of Caesarea, an ancient Roman port, later a Crusader fortress; and of the relatively neoteric city of Tel Aviv, Israel's economic and social center. In a single photo, Nowitz frames a familiar Jerusalem scene: the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in close proximity. The fertile Hula Valley in the Galilee, a malaria-infested swamp until the 1950s and now a patchwork of brilliant greens, is depicted here as are sheep corralled in the dry, inhospitable Judean Desert. Freelance photographer Nowitz resides in Israel and journalist Elon wrote The Israelis: Founders and Sons. BOMC dividend selection.(September)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 144 pages - 978-0-8109-8175-1
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