Gillian Laub, 1975, USA, is a documentary photographer and storyteller living and working in New York. In 2007 she released the book Testimony. For a period of five years she had photographed the people of Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah and other locations in the region. Israeli Jews and Arabs, displaced Lebanese families and Palestinians, all personally affected by the current situation, were portrayed. The images are accompanied by commentaries from the subjects. The commentaries in combination with the images show resilience and optimism amongst the photographed. For many years Gillian has been documenting and telling the story of four generations of her family. She is currently working on the project Southern Rites in the American South. The following images come from the series Southern Rites, Testimony and Family.