Salem, a Reuters photographer since 2003, was near the border between Israel and Gaza on Friday, just 330 yards from the fence, when he heard protesters screaming, “calling upon other young men and urging them to come forward in order to cross the border fence,” Salem told WorldViews. “They were very excited.”
As the smoke from the burning tires mixed with the tear gas from Israeli forces, the two groups of protesters came together, and that’s when Salem captured the shot — a striking and painterly photograph that recalls the work of Eugène Delacroix. “I [knew] it was a strong one the moment I saw it,” he said.
“I felt the picture was full of anger and excitement.”