Worth a Look: Baghdad's Survivors
This from a recent dispatch from his blog: "Often the most dangerous places in Iraq are at the front gates of bases where suicide attackers roll in. Outside the wire—and often inside the wire—is bad-guy country. A block away from a base might as well be a hundred miles away. We rolled out in humvees for what would be about a 1,225 mile trip inside Iraq, and another portion to Germany and back."
Caption: Michael Bieger holding Farah. The photograph has an interesting history. According to his profile on wikipedia: "On May 2, 2005, Yon took a picture of U.S. Army Major Mark Bieger cradling an Iraqi girl wounded by shrapnel from a car bomb. Major Bieger tried to bring the girl to an American hospital to receive treatment but she died on the helicopter ride. The photo was submitted to TIME magazine; it was subsequently selected by TIME website viewers as the top photo of 2005, receiving nearly 70% of the vote. In 2006, the image created controversy when it was used by a Hachette Filipacchi Médias’ publication, Shock magazine, in a context that was critical of the war in Iraq. Yon felt this usage of the photo both dishonored US troops and breached his copyright. He contacted his lawyers and agreed with Hachette Filipacchi that he would be paid a licensing fee, with the majority of proceeds going to a charity supporting US military families. On June 9, 2006, the agreement appears to have collapsed, with Yon alleging further misuse of the image by Hachette Filipacchi at its Shock web site."
Just wanted to alert readers to Baghdad Burning, a regularly updated blog purported written by a 25-year-old Iraqi woman in Baghdad. The writing is thoughtful elaboration of the situation for local Iraqis on the ground, with the latest reports dealing with the Rape of Sabrine. (By the way, Aljazeera is reporting a second rape as well.)
The writing from Baghdad Burning has also been collected in a short book. See below:
Brazilian photojournalist Antonio Mari has launched a new website featuring his work. He'd be interested in any feedback to help fine-tune it. Mari has spent much of the last decade documenting the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, from the encroachment of oil drilling there to the destruction of the Yanomami Indians way of life. © Antonio Mari
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