Baruch Nachshon was born in Haifa. While still a child, he exhibited a talent for drawing, and began studying art. After the Six Day War he was enchanted by and drawn to the liberated city, and he longed to draw its scenery.
One day he was on a hillside at the City of David and knocked on the door of one of the local Muslim families to ask for permission to draw the view from their roof. The residents intrigued him and he decided to paint them.
They are perpetuated in the painting “Only the Nargila is Missing”, where behind the figures can be seen the southern city wall and part of the El Aqsa mosque