Uncle Mikel’s pictures are preserved in Bethlehem collective memory

Posted on Dec 29, 2019

Christian Media Center

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“Bethlehem is… my home, my soul and my life.”

In black and white, Maurice Mikel provided a way of capturing scenes from life, by using his camera lens – to document people, places, and events with fidelity. He holds the pictures in his hands, which have been taken during the last decades, and remained printed in the collective memory. In black and white, he reveals glamorous behind the scenes shots of events that happened in the land he loved.

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“Everyone is enthusiastically awaiting Christmas in Bethlehem, the churches are full of believers, and the streets of the city too. Families are walking with their children with joy and the streets are filled with scout groups from Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala.”

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“This Christmas photo was taken for Patriarch Alberto Guri and his motorcade during the Jordanian period.”

Maurice Mikel witnessed the arrival of the body of St. Saba after the visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land in 1964. He covered the visits of four popes to the Holy Land; the first was for the late Pope Paul VI in 1964. He is the photographer of people in Bethlehem and in Palestine in general.

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“When I learned of the arrival of the body of Saint Saba, I went first to take pictures of his body in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, then he was brought to the city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and then to the monastery of St. Saba in the desert. He was placed in his original grave.”

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“We as Christians have a lot of reverence to Saint Saba. We ask for mercy from Saint Saba and ask God to help the needy families in this holiday season.”

Maurice Mikel compiled a series of photographs of the Holy City, collected over sixty-five years of hard work. He spends most of his time until today in his studio of photography, which contains many pictures, that reveal behind-the-scene shots, and cameras, that he used to record may events with innovative ways and stories that evoke nostalgia.

MAURICE MIKEL
Veteran photographer from Bethlehem
“I am from Bethlehem the most beautiful city for me and for many persons in the whole world. I will stay here and will not live in any other area no matter how beautiful and picturesque.”

Maurice Mikel comes from behind the scenes with innovative ways to capture images full of beautiful and amazing stories, his archive of historic images that still preserve scenes alive in our collective memory.