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Photojournalists on Covering the War in Iraq

Monday, May 13, 2013

Michael Kamber interviewed photojournalists from many leading news organizations to create a comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War—Photojournalists on War. He’s joined by photographers Alan Chin and Ashley Gilbertson, who discuss trying to cover the war in Iraq and examine the role of the media and issues of censorship. Photojournalists on War includes previously unpublished photographs by diverse group of the world's top news photographers.

Tikrit April 15, 2003 - US Marines take a break to shave in front of one of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palaces the day Tikrit fell from Republican Guard rule.
Photo by Lynsey Addario
Tikrit April 15, 2003 - US Marines take a break to shave in front of one of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palaces the day Tikrit fell from Republican Guard rule.

As the regime of Saddam Hussein fell across Iraq, soldiers and civilians pillaged his palaces across the country, revealing luxurious accommodations and major weapons caches.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.        

Lynsey Addario/Corbis
13 Nov 2006, Balad, Iraq – US military personnel help to load injured soldiers onto a cargo plane en route to Germany from the Balad Air Force base.

The interior lights of the plane are red because of an “alarm red” attack, which indicates that the base is under attack, usually by incoming mortar rounds. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.      

Photo by Christoph Bangert
Tal Afar June 2005 - Suspected insurgents are detained inside a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to be transported to a detention facility during an early morning raid.

Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and Iraqi soldiers moved into Tal Afar with Bradleys, tanks, and Humvees. Helicopters provided air support as the soldiers searched houses and detained suspects. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.   

Photo by Ben Brody
Ubaydi December 29, 2007 - Capt. George Morris, commander of B Company, 2-502 Infantry, and his soldiers hit the ground running in the opening salvo of Operation “Patriot Strike.”

The soldiers detained ten suspected al-Qaeda conspirators and seized weapons and bomb-making supplies. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Guy Calaf
Ramadi February 2, 2006 - US Army Chaplain Paul Halladay (CPT) leads soldiers from 1st Battalion, 506th, 101st Airborne Division in a Catholic mass at Observation Post Hotel.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Alan Chin
Basra April 7, 2003 - A British soldier watches black smoke rising from the southern port city of Basra.

The burning building on the right, a technical college, was repeatedly shelled by British forces in response to Iraqi sniper attacks.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images
Al Musayyib May 27, 2003 - An Iraqi child jumps over the remains of victims found in a mass grave south of Baghdad.

The bodies had been brought to this school for identification by family members who searched for identity cards and other clues among the skeletons to identify missing family members. The victims were killed by Saddam Hussein’s government during a Shi’ite uprising here following the 1991 Gulf War. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson/VII
Tikrit April 14, 2003 - In Saddam Hussein’s hometown, a US Marine slides down a marble handrail in one of the dictator’s extravagant palaces.

The residence contained carpets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and at least one golden toilet. Tikrit was the last major city to fall to Allied forces during the invasion and, despite fighting that continued throughout Iraq, Marines celebrated victory. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Gary Knight/VII
Diwaniya April 7, 2003 - US Marines remove their dead and wounded after an artillery shell scored a direct hit on a US armored vehicle during an attack on Diwaniya Bridge.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Yuri Kozyrev/NOOR
Qubah March 24, 2007 - A US soldier marks the hands of women and the backs of the necks of men with numbers for their specific neighborhoods and homes.

Lt Col. Andrew Poppas of the 73rd Calvary, 82nd Airborne Division, said the numbering system allowed troops to determine if people were moving around the village of Qubah despite a lockdown following a US attack on insurgents. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Rita Leistner
Balad July 16, 2003- An Iraqi suspect in an early morning roadside attack on an American convoy is "bagged and tied" by American soldiers.

He lies waiting on the lawn of a neighbor's house while the soldiers discuss their next move.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

João Silva/The New York Times
Karmah (Garma) October 31, 2006 - Sgt. Jesse E. Leach drags Lance Cpl. Juan Valdex of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, to safety moments after he was shot by a sniper during a patrol.

Valdez was shot through the arm and right torso but survived. 

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Photo by Bruno Stevens
Baghdad February 12, 2003 - Six weeks before the start of the war, a man sits drinking tea at the Al Zahawi cafe on Rashid Street.

Cafes are a trademark of this ancient city, gathering places where men play dominos, blackjack and socialize. Photo by Bruno Stevens

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos
Rawah March 2006 - A weary American soldier stands guard as a residential home is searched.

From Photojournalists on War, by Michael Kamber, published by University of Texas Press.

Guests:

Alan Chin, Ashley Gilbertson and Michael Kamber

Comments [4]

BOB DAVIS from MOREHEAD CITY N C

HEALTHY LOOKING BUNCH OF MARINES! I WOULD NOT WANT THESE GUYS AFTER ME THATS FOR SURE.

Oct. 27 2014 05:59 PM
Lorraine Smith from SoCal

Everybody is an "expert" and look how that turned out !! lol

Jul. 08 2013 12:18 PM
Dick Hughes from New York City

I realize it's the NYT but why do "independent" journalists still insist on talking about American operations in the war zone as saying "we". As in, "We should have done such and such" or "should not have", etc. Having spent 8 years in VN, several of which covering the war, I find it inappropriate & regrettable. - dh

May. 13 2013 01:59 PM

How much are they getting paid, these days??

May. 13 2013 01:54 PM

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