Hadas Parush working for Israeli press photo agency

Young supporters stand on rocks covering the main road in the illegal outpost of Amona, on February 1, 2017, on the morning of the settlement’s evacuation. Residents of the West Bank outpost of Amona have been given 48 hours to leave the hilltop community ahead of its court-ordered demolition. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Hadas Parush is a full-time photojournalist working at an Israeli press photo agency called Flash90, where she has been working for three years. Flash90 is based in Jerusalem, Israel. Parush mostly shoot local news, feature stories, and magazine portraits for the many newspapers that Flash90 works with. Working at Flash90 also allows her to pursue stories that personally interest her, and she has the privilege to take the time to work on them, and then feature them on the website, and sell them to magazines.

Prior to Flash90, Parush worked for almost two years as a video journalist at the Jerusalem Post newspaper website. She started at the Post shortly after moving back to Israel from Canada, where I interned at the Winnipeg Free Press, and the Ottawa Citizen, after graduating from Loyalist College.

Photojournalism program testimonial

The two years I spent at Loyalist College studying photojournalism were the best of the eight years that I lived in Canada. There are moments, projects, and lessons that I still carry with me in my current work. The documentary project I produced for school stays with me always, and is a constant reminder of how to pursue a story, put effort and heart into it. It was a lesson in how to get to know your subject, and how to create something beautiful when you really become passionate about it, and how a good story can be a product of time and attention.

Living in Jerusalem now, there is no shortage of subject matter to be covered. Yet things do become repetitive and automatic. On the other hand, there is always the opportunity to look for the hidden stories that are usually invisible in the rush of everyday life. Those are usually the best stories. Belleville taught me that there are good stories to be found anywhere, you just have to open your eyes and let your curiosity lead you.





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