The War in Iraq: Year 4 - Day 1 Photo Opening (NYC)

fyi: The Photographic Gallery in New York will be hosting a show by four unembedded photojournalists: Kael Alford, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner. The show opens March 18th and will continue through April 30, 2006. The four are also part of an interesting book that looks at Iraq through the eyes of those not embedded with the U.S. forces there. The book link is below. The “Unembedded” website can be found here.

Zoriah: Pakistan Earthquake and What the Eye Sees

Zoriah has updated a series he did on the Northern Pakistan Earthquake, also known as the Kashmir Earthquake. I have posted them below with his earlier write-up. Other previous series by Zoriah concerning AIDS, the tsunami that hit Thiland in 2004 and life in Gaza can be viewed here, here, and here.

From Zoriah:

People often ask me to compare disasters and I find myself struggling to provide them with an answer that feels truthful. In all honesty, after five years of focusing on disasters and humanitarian crisis, I find that everything begins to look the same. Faces, no matter which country or continent they hail from, closely resemble each other when they are framed in rubble and surrounded by smoke. Buildings and trees and landscapes look about the same when they are flattened on the ground, whether the cause was a hijacked airplane, a massive wave or powerful tremor. It is often far too easy for me see a disaster zone as nothing more than a familiar scene, another day of work.
Whenever I get this feeling that I am back in the mundane, I try to look in the eyes of the people I photograph. I try to remember that although this has become a common site for me, this is the extraordinary for those that it affects. I think that the western world , armchair observes of disaster and strife, need to dig deep inside themselves and try to realize that even though the news is their entertainment, it is also quite real. They need to open their eyes to the fact that beyond the now familiar pictures presented to them on their morning paper and on the evening news, there are people struggling with a situation that has turned their lives upside down. I believe that as photographers we need to focus more on documenting emotion in our photos and that editors must make sure that these images, no matter how graphic and painful, reach the eyes of the people that can actually make a difference. In actuality, it is our job to open peoples eyes. To create works of art that touch peoples hearts and open their minds, showing them not only what someone else’s life looks like, but what it feels like.














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I Am Not a War Photographer screening in Brooklyn, NY

Wanted to alert everyone to this screening and talk by artist Lynne Sachs:
I AM NOT A WAR PHOTOGRAPHER is a cinematic presentation and talk exploring my decade-long artistic rather than physical immersion in war. From Vietnam to Bosnia to WWII Occupied Rome to the Middle East today, my experimental documentary films push the borders between genres, discourses, radicalized identities, psychic states and nations through the intertwining of abstract and reality based imagery. In my talk, I will introduce precise visual strategies I have discovered in working with these fraught and divisive themes. Often opting for a painterly rather than a photographic articulation of conflict, I struggle with each new project to find a precise language of images and sounds with which to discuss these volatile moments in history, exposing what I see as the limits of a conventional, documentary representation of both the past and the present. Infusions of colored “brush strokes


The following words and photographs are from Zoriah:     During my work documenting the AIDS crisis in Asia, I had the opportunity to meet some truly incredible human beings, some of whom are still alive, most though have already died in the short period of time since the completion of this project. From the groups of urban prostitutes living and working in the slums of Phnom Penh Cambodia, teaching each other safety, survival and financial planning while setting up clinics on the average aid agencies paperclip budget, to the quiet suffering of mothers who have unknowingly passed on a disease to their children via their fathers indiscretion, these stories and these faces linger in my mind.     While aid organizations give total infection rates of about one percent, caregivers, hospice staff and the people on the ground speak of certain regions reaching up to twenty five percent HIV infection rates. With a new heroin epidemic hitting urban slums and a dramatic increase in both hetero and homosexual sex tourism, the problem is expected to reach epic proportions over the next few years.        Numbers and statistics are just that, nothing more than markings on paper or words on a news program, the human side however is truly disturbing. Patients wait to die alone, coated in flies and nursed by family members. Understaffed hospitals are in such disrepair that they have been deemed biohazard and HAZMAT threats and workers refuse to even enter the premises, much less make necessary repairs and provide care to patients.     In several well known hospitals I found myself literally wading through ankle deep piles of disposed needles, catheter bags and soiled linens, as patents navigated hallways with potholes that dropped through to the floors below. The human suffering is quite unreal and the faces of teenage girls, mothers, fathers and small babies wasting away in discomfort still appear vivid in my mind.     This photo story is dedicated to my new friends who sit quietly and wait to die, those who choose not to sit quietly but fight for the lives and the health of their friends, family, and complete strangers. This photo story should also serve as an attack on the organizations, governments, corporations and pharmaceutical giants who quite simply are doing too little. Aids In Asia 0000--12-03-04-IMG_0730ci copy Aids In Asia 0003--12-08-04-IMG_9792ci copy Aids In Asia 0014--12-08-04-IMG_9879ci copy Aids In Asia 0019--12-10-04-IMG_0411ci copy Aids In Asia 0005--10-18-05-IMG_1370ps copy Aids In Asia 0010--11-27-04-IMG_8921cicopy Aids In Asia 0011--11-27-04-IMG_9048ci copy Aids In Asia 0012--11-27-04-IMG_9070ci copy Aids In Asia 0002--11-28-04-IMG_9340ci copy Aids In Asia 0017--11-28-04-IMG_0097ci copy Aids In Asia 0013--11-28-04-IMG_0099ci copy Aids In Asia 0018--12-03-04-IMG_9919ps Aids In Asia 0015--11-29-04-IMG_9502ci copy Aids In Asia 0007--12-03-04-IMG_9977ci copy Aids In Asia 0008--12-03-04-IMG_0026ci copy Aids In Asia 0001--12-08-04-IMG_2073ci copy Aids In Asia 0006--12-08-04-IMG_0180ci copy Aids In Asia 0016--12-02-04-IMG_0224ci copy Aids In Asia 0009--12-02-04-IMG_0283ci copy Aids In Asia 0004--12-02-04-IMG_0351ci copy

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