The First Trail

Ma’ale Feshkha is the first marked trail made by Jewish Zionists in The Land of Israel / Palestine, sitting just above the Dead Sea. It was marked over a week in November 1947 by a group of paramilitary members, and stopped short just before completion by the break of the 1947 civil war. This land grabbing effort eventually failed, as the place fell under the control of The Kingdom of Jordan. Today, the restored trail is under Israeli control (ever since 1967) and since its first marking it’s been a witness to drastic changes in landform, sea levels and infrastructure. This work documents the changes in the trail’s physical form over a single year, using photogrammetry scanning, based on images taken while walking the trail back and forth on different occasions.

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Shabtai Pinchevsky is a photographer and digital media artist currently based in New York. In his creative practice, Pinchevsky uses digital tools to examine archival photographic materials and their relations to geographies of conflict and displacement. His practice is deeply engaged with issues of social justice, human rights, and anti-colonialism, and their application in art and media. Pinchevsky works with 3D modeling, mapping, internet-based art, and more, to investigate the political complications of the photographic medium, while reflecting on his own implications within the field.