Anthony Feinstein, author of the book Shooting War, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a neuropsychiatrist. His research and clinical work focuses on people with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Conversion Disorder. War contains 18 profiles of photographers exploring their lives as filters between conflict and the general population and the effect they have on us and themselves in this endeavor. Includes such luminaries as Don McCullin, Tim Page, and Ron Haviv.
This line of enquiry lies at the heart of Lauren Walsh’s new book, Conversations on Conflict Photography, where conflict is defined as war and crisis, social inequities, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Richly illustrated with 110 colour and B&W photographs, the 376-page book is sectioned into three categories: Behind the Lens, In the Newsroom and Beyond, and Advocacy and Aid. An essay written by Walsh precedes each section followed by a series of interviews.
From her work on war photographers around the world, Alizé Le Maoult offers diptychs composed of the frontal portrait of these photographers and an image they chose from all the conflicts they covered, and their words to explain this choice. A strong and unique testimony:
In addition to the almost daily bombings of the Saudi-led Coalition, which sometimes targets civilians, the beleaguered Yemenis of the North have been suffering from shortages of water, oil, food and medicine. Every ten minutes a child dies, most of the time from a mild illness. Child soldiers serve as cannon fodder on the front lines. Oil, humanitarian aid, medicines are overtaxed by corrupt officials.
Ivor Prickett’s book End of the Caliphate is the result of months spent on the ground in Iraq and Syria between 2016 and 2018 photographing the battle to defeat ISIS. Working exclusively for the New York Times, Prickett was often embedded with Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces as he documented both the fighting and its toll on the civilian population and urban landscape. The battle to defeat ISIS in the region, resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and ruined vast tracts of cities such as Mosul and Raqqa. Involving some of most brutal urban combat since World War II, the fall of Mosul was key to the downfall of the Islamic State: soon after the remains of the so-called “Caliphate” began to crumble.