This photograph is taken from my series The West Bank and explores the narrative of daily life in the Palestinian territory. In my early twenties, I served as a Canadian Peacekeeper in Bosnia, and that experience inspired me to take a closer look at issues related to war and its aftermath. My life changed direction in 2007, when I left the military to pursue a career in photography. Soon after, I began visiting conflict and post-conflict regions as a photographer rather than as a soldier. I am interested in finding a way to portray the often overlooked moments surrounding people and places in transition. My intent is to provoke questions and allow the images to suggest stories beyond the evident.
Philip Cheung is a Toronto based photographer. He has recently returned to Canada after five years in the Middle East where he worked extensively in the region on commissioned and self-initiated projects. Philip's work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including the National Portrait Gallery (U.K.), the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism (DE) and the Flash Forward Festival (CA). In 2011, he was named one of PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, and he has previously received awards from the Magenta Foundation, Communication Arts, American Photo, PDN Photo Annual and Applied Arts. Philip has worked for editorial clients such as TIME, Wallpaper*, GQ magazine (U.K.), the Wall Street Journal Magazine (Europe), the Guardian Weekend magazine, Stern, The Independent, Monocle, The New York Times, Le Monde, Dwell and Condé Nast Traveler. His photography has also been published in Maisonneuve, Dear Dave, and the British Journal of Photography.