Award winner of the 2007 IP Outstanding Book of the Year in the Most Life-Changing category.
This book, In Search of Peace, is an evocative and imaginative world of symbolism. It is a message of peace that transcends borders and emanates light to mankind. It is designed as a visual symphony divided into three movements of his breath-taking images and poetic writing; Sublime, Freedom, Divine.
I wrote, not in order to resign myself, but to void my mind of madness. I wrote to find peace in words, and words in peace. – Yousef Khanfar
What others have said about Yousef’s book…
Gordon Parks, photographer
“One of the most influential artist of the 20th century”
“Freedom, truth, justice, peace and love. Mankind should have access to any one of them. With the divine honesty of words, eyes and soul, Yousef Khanfar’s compelling work urges us to reach out and embrace all five. With a camera and a pen as weapons, he roams the corridors of hatred, evil and injustice-in an attempt to destroy them. In Search of Peace is surely a fitting title. It is also Yousef’s Symphony, one that will forever play hard and deep inside the roots of universal evil.”
Phil Borges, photographer
“An award-winning humanitarian and photographer”
“I often wake up in the middle of the night when everything is dark and silent. I turn on an overhead spotlight that casts a small pool of light on the images of my favorite art books. As I slowly turn the pages, if the work is true, I am transported into the emotional field of the artist. I use these midnight sojourns to travel the emotional spectrum. When I want to immerse myself in pure tranquility and view the eloquent images of a Master, I pick up the work of Yousef Khanfar.”
Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA), March 6, 2007
“A compendium of museum-quality photography, Palestinian photographer and writer Yousef Khanfar’s “In Search Of Peace” features a poetically articulate, emotionally passionate, and philosophically inspiring essay on the need for a universal healing for humanity’s ills. The photographic images are organized into principle segments devoted images of awe-inspiring power and conflict inherent in natural phenomena and which reflect on the harshness of human conflict; impressionist images conveying human aspirations for freedom of expression, religion, speech, truth, peace, and love; and images that reflect peace, tranquility, and properties of the spirit that can establish a paradise of peace for the whole of the human race. “In Search Of Peace” is a unique compendium of images and a highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Photography collection.”
The Washington Report (Matt Horton), August 2007
“His latest project, “In Search of Peace”, is arranged as a symphony in three movements Sublime, Freedom and Divine, with photographs forming the musical staff. The “symphony” is accompanied by original poetry in a prophetic and transcendent form that invokes fellow Levantine Kahlil Gibran. Khanfar’s composition, use of light and angle, and brilliant eye create a masterful collection that demonstrates his world-class talent.”
Galen Robbins, photographer
“In every way, it must be described as a celebration of beauty in imagery, nobility in language, and transcendence in wisdom. This book must rank as one of the great pleasures in a very privileged life.”