Yussie in the Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
Gillian Laub

The two young men in the photographs are nearly indistinguishable. Both are underdressed, both look at the camera with that self-confident pose so peculiar to Middle Eastern men, both radiate defiance and machismo. One man, the captions tell us, is Mahmoud from Jaffa, the other Yussie from Jerusalem; one man an Arab, the other a Jew. Yet, at first sight, the viewer may not be able to tell which is which; the only hints, planted in the background, such as an Israeli flag or a photo of the Al Aqsa Mosque, reveal the subject's ethnicity.

This is precisely the point photojournalist Gillian Laub's latest exhibit wishes to make - a simple but moving statement about the basic commonness Israelis and Palestinians share, one that makes the conflict between them all the more tragic.

While the exhibit's straightforward title, as well as the artist's reputation working for such leading publications as The New York Times, Newsweek and The New Yorker, suggest an uncomplicated, photojournalistic approach, the photographs, instantly and with great force, disarm the viewer.
-Liel Leibovitz

Books in the collection

Testimony: photographs by Gillian Laub


About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1995, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.