A gallery containing work from Iraq and Afghanistan is currently on exhibit at the Palais de Nations in Geneva as part of the “Mine Action: Advancing Protection, Peace and Development”. It is hosted by the United Nations Mine Actions Service and Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Exhibit at Photoville in New York in partnership with UNMAS.
Following wars and the occupation of many areas of the country by ISIL, Iraq is littered with explosive devices, including thousands of IEDs. Major population centers and small villages are unsafe for the people returning home. The United Nations is helping the Government of Iraq to clear these hazards village by village, street by street. The people of Iraq, like people everywhere, deserve and need safe homes.
Photography and Trauma: Psychological Stress and The Occupational Hazards of Exposure to Traumatic Imagery
Sunday, September 16 | 1:30PM – 2:30PM. Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville
Thursday, September 20 | 6:30PM. Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO - in the beer garden at Photoville
Details to follow
A selection of work made for UNMAS is on display at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the month of April. It will run until the beginning of May and then be sent for display at the Hague in Geneva. It can be viewed in the visitor's lobby of the main building on the exterior wall of the General Assembly.
Work with Foreign Policy selected for this year's American Photography Awards 34. Images show the horrific toll the battle against has had on Iraq's youngest. The original piece written for Foreign Policy can be viewed in full here. Click here to view the rest of those selected for this year's award.
I was included in Ayesha Shakya's recent project on how Instagram is changing the way we're consuming news. She combined a great set of info into an easy guide for publishers and producers struggling to understand Instagram's Stories feature. Check it out here - including a short Instagram Stories clip from Newroz in northern Iraq.
"When Ako Abdulrahman, then 30, bought a used BMW E32 750i Security Vehicle, his intention was the opposite of the one BMW had envisioned. Nothing Ako does is safe or discreet. If he offers you one of his French cigarettes, he lunges forward with it. He drinks a cappuccino in three gulps. He listens to Kurdish rap music and likes it loud. His presence is one of urgent motion. Even his beard is shaped into an angular prominence that suggests direction."
Grab a copy of Vanity Fair's December issue and read Jeff Stern's incredible story of Ako, his BMW, and their Death Race-styled mission during the ISIS attack on Kirkuk in 2016.
Thanks to Rawand and Ari for all the help getting this one done.
Read the online version here.
I'm hitting the road with Instagram and the Facebook Journalism Project for a series of talks about the changing landscape of photojournalism in the digital era.
Tuesday October 03 at 6:00pm at Facebook HQ 770 Broadway, New York, NY
Thursday October 05 at 12:00pm at National Geographic 1600 M Street, Washington, DC
Monday October 09 at 3:30pm at Eddie Adams Workshop 52 Sullivan Ave., Liberty, NY
Wednesday October 11 at 3:30pm at JSK Journalism Fellowships Stanford University 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA
Thursday October 12 at 1:30pm at Instagram HQ, Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA
(updated: overview of discussion at National Geographic here)
A big thank you to Instagram for displaying the below image at Photoville in New York last week.
At the end of June the battle for Mosul entered it's ninth and final month and Iraqi forces had ISIS surrounded and cornered in the center of Mosul's Old City. Tens of thousands of civilians were estimated to remain trapped alongside the extremist militants with dwindling food supplies and little to no water or medical care after the months of siege. During the days surrounding this photo, Iraqi troops were advancing on foot into the tightly knit alleyways of the ancient Old City. The fighting was intense and brutal in the peak heat of Iraqi summer. As troops moved forward house by house, they reached trapped civilians allowing them a chance to finally flee the fighting and siege. Families poured out of the Old City and were sent to refugee camps or sought shelter elsewhere. Many of those fleeing were malnourished or injured and youngest and oldest appeared in the worst condition. People carried what they could, and often each other, through the ruins and dust of what remained of the city streets. Officials estimate that over one million people were displaced from their homes over the course of the fighting for the city. In this image a man and woman were fleeing fighting in Mosul's Old City on June 25, 2017. (Photo credit UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)
"The Iraqi bomb disposal teams are at the forefront of a deadly arms race. While Mosul was recently liberated from Daesh, the underfunded and undertrained Iraqi Security forces are still moving quickly to dispose of all the boobytraps left in its wake. This is bomb disposal at its most improvised.
WIRED photographer Cengiz Yar followed the patrol team of the Iraqi Army's 16th Division Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in June as part of our October issue feature story."
Read the full story behind this image here.
Escaping war and the Islamic State, families took with them what little they could carry — remembrances of loved ones and the past.
Often, there is little function or utility to these items — a broken watch, a child’s garment, a handful of worn photographs. They are tokens of the life — and the people — they left behind.
Read more online here or pick-up this month's edition of Foreign Policy Magazine.
"Fewer than 500,000 Christians are now left in Iraq, down from 1.5 million in 2003," writes Anna Lekas Miller. "Fearing religious extinction, many are advocating that the displaced return home now that ISIS has been driven out." Pickup a copy of Sojourners to read Anna's story about Iraq's dwindling Christian community and their uncertain future. A selection of my photos from the past two years runs alongside the essay.