American wars in the photobook – Witness

I want to attempt to come to conclusions about both the way photographers described war and how underlying larger professional and societal trends influenced the description. Needless to say, these two aspects are not independent at all. Photographers are embedded in societies. However much they might try, they can never escape the restrictions put upon them. They might fully embrace them, fight them, or engage in a combination of both. This then feeds back into the societies, which might change their thinking around wars based on what photographs tell them. It’s an imperfect feedback loop, whose imperfections are frequently being discussed by both photographers and society. Both tend to voice their dismay about war imagery not having enough power and/or impact to dissuade the starting of yet another war (by the same society having such conversations).

In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War – The New York Times

Catherine Leroy was 21 when she arrived in Vietnam in 1966 with only a hundred dollars, a Leica M2 and a limited professional portfolio. Over the next three years covering the war, she built an exceptional body of work: surviving and documenting a capture by the North Vietnamese Army, parachuting in combat operations with the 173rd Airborne, and being published on the covers of major magazines, including Life and Paris Match.

Jean Charles Gutner, The Angola Era – The Eye of Photography

The work of remembrance may be difficult, and sometimes painful. Twenty years have passed since these photographs, now published in book form, were taken in Angola, a country in Southern Africa and the territory of an extended Cold War fought here since the country’s independence in 1974.

‘I Am Not Useful for My Camera if I Die’: A Syrian Photographer’s View – The New York Times

When a Syrian Army sniper shot Hosam Katan in Aleppo in May 2015, Mr. Katan couldn’t feel where the bullet had hit. He hoped it wasn’t his eye or his thigh. In five years photographing the Syrian conflict, he had seen enough colleagues shot to know which wounds were fatal, and which were not. As he lay bleeding, he realized he might soon join Marie Colvin and James Foley on the list of journalists killed covering Syria’s civil war.

A photographer and a soldier talk about dealing with PTSD from being in war situations – The Washington Post

I wish I could pinpoint a defining moment, or a shutter click that marked the instant when I’d had enough of covering war. But I can’t. Maybe there was one hidden amid the dust and rubble and broken bodies I’d left behind when I walked out of Gaza after the 2014 war there. But rather than a sudden change of heart, my appetite for covering conflict faded gradually, a light waning until there was nothing left to see.

Burned-out buses, unexploded missiles: a photographer on the road through Syria. – The Washington Post

“We wanted to understand who is really ruling the country now, to see if there will be a chance of reconciliation in the close future,” photographer Christian Werner told In Sight. He and reporter Fritz Schaap drove the route in Syria that took them through the three largest cities, Aleppo, Latakia and Homs. In a two-part essay for Der Spiegel, Schapp described part of their route, which Werner’s photos echo. “Burned-out military vehicles and buses line the route while unexploded missiles jut from the brown, barren soil like cactuses.”

No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

The Battle for Mosul Enters Its Final Stage – The Atlantic

Eight months ago, thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish troops, supported by the United States, France, Britain, and other western nations, began a massive operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from ISIS militants. Now, after months of war, the Iraqi military says it has reached the final few days of the battle, having encircled an estimated 350 remaining Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City . Reuters reports that more than 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Old City, as ISIS fighters are “dug in among civilians in crumbling houses, making extensive use of booby traps, suicide bombers and sniper fire to slow down the advance of Iraqi troops.” Also, see previous stories on the battle for Mosul here, here, here, and here.

The images Saudi Arabia doesn’t want you to see – CNN.com

But you won’t find the story splashed on front pages and leading news bulletins around the globe — Yemen’s grinding two-and-a-half-year civil conflict, between Houthi militants and a Saudi Arabian-led coalition of Arab states that support the former Hadi government, is often called “the silent war” because it receives relatively little attention in the media.
Yet that’s not for want of trying: for the past two months CNN and dozens of other journalists have been actively pushing to gain access to the hardest-hit parts of the country.

War photographer Alessio Romenzi on covering conflict and managing his fear – LA Times

Photographer Alessio Remenzi has been covering conflict in the Middle East since the Arab Spring and was among the first photographers smuggled into Syria to cover the civil war. Most recently he has been covering the battle for Mosul, Iraq. He was previously interviewed by The Times in 2012. He recently discussed covering the fighting in Iraq.

Iraq War: A Photographer Aims to Understand What Happened

More than a movie about Italian photographer Franco Pagetti’s work, the short documentary Shooting War (23 minutes) is a lesson in practicing critical visual literacy. Beyond the photographer himself, several people chime in, including Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor at TIME who assigned the VII photographer to cover the war in Iraq from 2003 until the end of 2008, and Sara Farhan, a History Ph.D. candidate at York University in Toronto

Mosul: Photos of the Toll in Iraq’s War

The fighting is taking an increasing toll on civilians. During a reporting trip with Italian photographer Emanuele Satolli in March and April, residents recounted terrifying scenes: ISIS militants taking human shields and imprisoning people in their homes, airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition that leveled entire houses. Reports of civilian deaths from American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria soared in March to more than 1,700, an all-time high in the campaign against ISIS.

Syria Chemical Attack: Impact of Viral Photos

Never before has the influence of photography been so tested as it has with Syria. Millions of pictures and videos have emerged over more than six years of war. Students, bakers and teachers made cameras their weapon of choice. Photographers have been kidnapped, maimed, tortured, ransomed and executed. Some images have won awards. Others have been viewed by those who critics say could make peace a reality. The majority of photographs remain hidden in plain sight—available if we want them, avoidable if we don’t.

Skeleton cities and snipers: the shocking photographs that show the scale of Syria’s loss

n the middle of 2014, after the Syrian government had retaken the city of Homs from rebel fighters, Sergey Ponomarev stood with his camera and surveyed the damage. The photojournalist found a family who had returned to their old flat and captured the scene: in a street buried in rubble and lined with destroyed buildings, they load whatever possessions they can salvage into a taxi. Their son wears a brightly coloured party hat he has found. It is at once mundane – the family calmly going about their business – and devastating.

The Raqqa Diaries: life under Isis rule

Your neighbours beheaded, the terror of the religious police: in this extract from a new book, a Syrian activist, interviewed below, records the horror in his city

In this photographer’s home town, stepping out of the house is a risk

When people step out of their houses in my home town, they tell their loved ones, “I hope to see you again” — there’s no guarantee they will make it back. I started photographing Kirkuk in 2007. The security situation has been bad since 2003, but it took a turn for the worst with the war against the Islamic State. The war is very close to the city and people are scared. The economy worsened and there are fewer jobs. Arabs are suspicious of the Turkmen and Peshmergas and the other way around. There are still explosions and kidnappings. The city has long been a dangerous place, a flashpoint for Iraq’s many ethnic and sectarian conflicts.

A Photographer’s View of a Battle to Destroy ISIS

This fall, I spent six weeks with the writer Luke Mogelson, following an élite Iraqi police unit called the Mosul swat team as its members fought to take back their city from the forces of the Islamic State. The story, which Luke wrote and I photographed, was called “The Avengers of Mosul”—the men were seeking vengeance not just for the threat to their country as a whole but also for the murders of family members by isis. Nearly every fighter had suffered this kind of loss, and many of them had family still living in peril in Mosul. The men welcomed us on their campaign, and shared with us their provisions, their blankets and mats, their seats in the trucks, and their stories.

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