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Wafaa Bilal Meditates on Transitional Spaces in “The Ashes Series”

Wafaa Bilal Meditates on Transitional Spaces in “The Ashes Series” | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

It takes a minute to realize Wafaa Bilal’s photographs of familiar images from the aftermath of the war in Iraq are actually miniature recreations the size of dollhouses. Eerily lit, they reflect on the American media’s dissemination of information from Operation Iraqi Freedom, which like Bilal’s photographs, are in many ways staged and manipulated recreations.

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How Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall Got One of Military's Highest Honors

How Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall Got One of Military's Highest Honors | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Between the ages of 21 and 27, military photographer Stacy Pearsall captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries. She is the first woman ever to win the Military Photographer of the Year twice, “giving the boys a run for their money.”

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'Saddam is Here': Photography series puts ex-dictator back in frame

'Saddam is Here': Photography series puts ex-dictator back in frame | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The image of former dictator Saddam Hussein has resounded in the minds of many Iraqis since his fall.

“When you kill the dictator, it doesn’t mean you can erase him from the minds of the people,” says Iraqi Kurdish photographer Jamal Penjweny whose series “Saddam is Here” attempts to capture this thought.

From dentists, to butchers, to soldiers; Iraqis across the country took part in the Penjweny’s photographic series, covering their faces with pictures of the former dictator while in their everyday locations.

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Iraq 10 years on: a photographer's story - video

Award-winning photographer Sean Smith describes the experience of being on the frontline in Iraq and explains why he was driven to return again and again. Smith follows the progress of troops battling against opposition and sectarian attack. His photos are a bloody and unmediated record of the Iraq war and a reminder of the importance of photography.
• An exhibition of Sean Smith's Iraq photographs are on display at the IWM North in Manchester until 29 March

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Claudia Mariana Perez Vega's curator insight, April 19, 2013 5:14 PM

En este video se muestra como han transcurrido los 10 años de la guerra de Iraq, tanto en los soldados como en los ciudadanos, con un video del paso del tiempo. 8/10

Jose Marques's curator insight, January 8, 12:45 PM

ii ti just real moments all my facebook are made of that

 

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Peter Van Agtmael Disco Night: Sept 11

Peter Van Agtmael  Disco Night: Sept 11 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Disco Night Sept 11 is a magnificent hybrid work. Part war story and part family album, it shares with the latter the fabric cover, relatively small photographs, unfolding pages, captions, and it even achieves the same cathartic effect, for soldiers, their families, the United States and the author Peter Van Agtmael himself. A list of scenes that were witnessed but not photographed concludes his undeniably personal essay and study that includes a photograph of a misty Swedish forest which Van Agtmael visited, somber and confused, after his first trip to Iraq.

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Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Quote: "My photographs are primarily about contradictions; the simultaneous and infinite coexistence of beauty mingling with destruction, of love with hatred. The endless capacity for contradiction has defined humanity's existence, and is forced into stark relief in war." 
Peter van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2008.

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A Photographer's Unfiltered Account of the Iraq War

A Photographer's Unfiltered Account of the Iraq War | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

“Photojournalists on War,” an oral history of the Iraq war by those who documented it from the front lines, was published this month by the University of Texas Press. The book consists of interviews conducted by Michael Kamber, who covered the war for eight years for The New York Times and is a co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center.

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After dark years, lights coming back on for Iraqi cinema

After dark years, lights coming back on for Iraqi cinema | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The din of power generators, tangle of jerry-rigged electric wiring and hassle of security checkpoints are all part of the movie business in Iraq, not to mention the lack of studio space and dearth of experienced crews.

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