Sebastian Meyer’s images of Iraqi Kurdistan, taken between 2008 and 2016, capture the region’s contrasts, which often exist side by side.
The pictures by the American photographer Sebastian Meyer, who documented Iraqi Kurdistan between 2008 and 2016, capture the region’s contrasts, which often exist side by side. Drive around Iraqi Kurdistan today and you might find, on this side of the road, workers manning a high-tech oil pipeline, which pumps crude north into Turkey and on to the Mediterranean; on the other side, a group of farmers taking a break, setting down their scythes in a scene that looks as old as a century
This image tells us nothing of the reason for the riots, nor does it show us what happened to the woman. However, because of its simplistic form and key pictorial features it is set become an image of historical relevance, an image that will be brought from the archives time and again; it is destined to become a recurring image of national significance.