The photographs were taken over a three-month period during the spring of 1976, while Rodney Smith was a guest of the Jerusalem Foundation at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem. In some of the images, we see views of the resonant landscapes of the Holy Land. But Smith’s primary concentration is on the human element in the landscape, and above all, on the human face itself. His portraits are stamped with experience, with an immediate yet meditative sense of personal history and living tradition. They seek to express one central quality of the human spirit: the indomitable will to persevere and prevail.
In the Land of Light