The New York Times Magazine has a stunning photo essay shot in Gaza and Israel earlier this month by two Magnum photojournalists, Paolo Pelligrin and Peter van Agtmael, respectively.

Any coverage that comes out of this region tends to inspire as much debate about the balance (or lack thereof) in the coverage as to the story itself. It’s the most common political ploy now: attack the delivery or deliverer instead of the message. To combat that, the editors have posted about how the coverage came to be, what decisions they made and why they used two different photographers, one in each region.

It’s a fascinating bit of editorial transparency and I applaud them for doing this.

Mark E. Johnson

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