David Brown has lived in Jerusalem intermittently for eleven years, initially to compile and present Cameos of the Holy Land, a series of weekly programmes broadcast by Springbok Radio, then a commercial division of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, between 1981 and 1985. 

AN ONGOING PILGRIMAGE 

A CHRISTMAS MASS IN BETHLEHEM © DA-B
A CHRISTMAS MASS IN BETHLEHEM © DA-B

Returning to Jerusalem in 2010 after an absence of 20 years, he found a changed and changing Holy Land.

THE MODERN FACE OF TEL AVIV © DA-B
THE MODERN FACE OF TEL AVIV © DA-B

Yet not everything had changed.

 

The Old walled City seemed, quietly, to resist change.


And boys, many of them from other countries, still celebrated their Bar Mitzvot at the Western Wall, part of the massive platform which once supported the Second Temple of Herod the Great. 

 

A BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATION NEAR THE WESTERN WALL (© DA-B)
A BAR MITZVAH CELEBRATION NEAR THE WESTERN WALL (© DA-B)

SECULAR COVERAGE

Apart from his documentaries on religion in the Holy Land during the 1980s, David has intermittently filed special reports on a variety of events in the Levant over nearly 50 years. 

 

DAVID ON ASSIGNMENT IN TEL AVIV, 1968 (PHOTO © RONNIE WILSON)
DAVID ON ASSIGNMENT IN TEL AVIV, 1968 (PHOTO © RONNIE WILSON)

HOLY LAND PHOTO GALLERY

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LA FRANCE

The summer scene, which illustrates the header of this website, was captured by David Andrews-Brown at St Jacut-de-la-Mer, on the north coast  of Britanny, where friends have a holiday house.  The photograph reflects his love of France, where he has lived since 1992, and where he feels spiritually and culturally at home.