David Vaaknin

Spray-paint portrait gallery blooms in Jerusalem for The Washington Post

Commission for The Washington Post

Author: William Booth

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick


Photos for a story about Graffiti artist Solomon Souza, who spray-paints bold depictions of fanciful animals, biblical scenes, and portraits of pioneering personalities of the past and present over closed shutters at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. Read the story online

A graffiti depicting film director Steven Spielberg at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, Israel
Israelis drink coffee in front of a graffiti depicting film director Steven Spielberg which was painted over a closed shutter next to a home utility store, at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting Rabbi Shlomo Ben David Lakein which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Vendors make preparations to close their stall as they pass in front of a graffiti depicting Rabbi Shlomo Ben David Lakein which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting an unrecognized Jewish personality at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
An orthodox Jewish woman stands in front of a graffiti depicting an unrecognized Jewish personality which was painted over a shutter as she does some last minute shopping, at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting King Solomon at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man passes in front of a graffiti depicting King Solomon, which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting Samson killing a lion with his bare hands at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Israelis pass next to a graffiti depicting Samson killing a lion with his bare hands which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting fanciful animals which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Shoppers pass in front of a graffiti depicting fanciful animals which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting a Jewish man praying at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Israeli Jewish Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox shoppers stand in front of a graffiti depicting a Jewish man praying, which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting physicist Albert Einstein at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
A vendor pulls down the shutter to a store next to a graffiti depicting physicist Albert Einstein (L) which was painted over a closed shutter of another store at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting the late Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
A Vendor closes the shutter of her store, which has a graffiti depicting the late Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky painted over it, at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting an unrecognized woman which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
An ultra-Orthodox man passes in front of a graffiti depicting an unrecognized woman which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
a graffiti depicting Fanciful animals which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Israeli women enjoy at a local bar as they sit in front of a graffiti depicting Fanciful animals which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
a graffiti depicting the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
a graffiti depicting an unrecognized Jewish woman at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Israelis hug as others play musical instruments in front of a graffiti depicting an unrecognized Jewish woman which was painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
Solomon Souza spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
People watch artist Solomon Souza (R) as he spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
A friend of artist Solomon Souza compares a photo of Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish seen on a mobile phone to the one painted over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
A friend of artist Solomon Souza (not pictured) compares the photo of Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish seen on a mobile phone to the one painted by Souza over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
Artist Solomon Souza is seen as he spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Artist Solomon Souza is seen as he spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
Artist Solomon Souza is seen as he spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem Israel
Artist Solomon Souza is seen as he spray-paints a portrait depicting Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market, often called 'The Shuk' in Jerusalem, Israel, on February 24, 2016.
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