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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (5 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292744080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292744080
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kamber's interviews with his colleagues cover the war as they saw it - their passion for the story, their fears and daily complications, and the trauma they live with still today. Some of their images are among the most iconic of the war, some are previously unpublished, and many are gruesome, shocking, and utterly dispiriting. Most of all, the book lays bare the blunt impact of a war that, for many, remains ever present, a sadness and fierce determination found in those forever maimed - soldiers and civilians, Americans and Iraqis, and the men and women who took their pictures." --Austin Merrell, Vanity Fair

"Except for the most famous conflict photographers, such as W. Eugene Smith and David Douglas Duncan, there are few interviews published that offer an extended view of the craft of conflict photography... The interviews in Photojournalists on War give the experience a full voice, and I know of no other comparable collection for any post-Vietnam conflict... Nothing approaches the depth of Kamber's book."-- --Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Photojournalists on War is the result of five years of interviews with some of the world's leading photojournalists. However, finds Gwen McClure, it's also the fruit of Michael Kamber's frustration over the harrowing images that were never shown or published before... The aim of the book, which will be released on 15 May in the US and later this year in the UK, is to tell the uncensored story to the general public, an audience that hasn't been privy to much of what went on there. The photographs in the book are at once stunning and arrestingly graphic." - --British Journal of Photography, May 2013

About the Author

Michael Kamber has worked as a photojournalist for more than twenty-five years. He covered the war in Iraq as a writer and photographer for the New York Times between 2003 and 2012. Kamber was the Times's principal photographer in Baghdad in 2007, the bloodiest year of the war. He is the recipient of a World Press Photo Award.


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Great photographs and amazing stories from best war photographers nowadays. The album is very good quality, so buy it before it is too late.
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Excellent book. To know what's behind a story with interviews to some of the most acclaimed photojournalists.! A long awaited Thank you Mr Kamber
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Document 10 Jun. 2013
By John Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are many reasons why Photojournalists on War is unique. First of all, this may be the strongest collection of photos from the Iraq War ever published between two covers of a book. The sheer breadth of the photography is extraordinary yet the editing tight. For me though, I love the conversational tone of the interviews with the photojournalists who covered the conflict. The text is as powerful as the imagery, and that is very rare in photo book publishing. Mike's deliberate yet non-leading style of interviewing allowed the photographers to open up about their experiences - at turns tragic and heroic, sometimes wildly ironic, occasionally detailing near-death experiences born from weeks of boredom, not to mention the perilous challenges in gaining intimate access to Iraqi civilians and American soldiers who's lives were warped forever. Many of the photographers interviewed are friends of mine in the business, yet I had never heard most of these stories, many of which are extremely personal. For anyone interested in photojournalism and the people who go into harm's way with a camera, this book is priceless and very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and very necessary for all to see and read 17 Jun. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While this nation chants for an end to the war in Iraq, or more significantly an end to our entry in to the multiple wars ongoing in the Middle East along come this book to underline the angst and grief and wounded minds and psyches of those who have actively fought in this war as well as those of us form other wars who can empathize yet never wholly understand the Iraqi war - until now. These brutally realistic images are direct from the front with the stories that accompany them. But another aspect of this book is perhaps our final opportunity to see what a beautiful country was Iraq before the war and the devastation of a culture.

Michael Kamber is responsible for the interviews and for bringing together this experience for us. 
"Photographers are storytellers: most love to talk," Kamber writes. "As a group, I believe we saw more of the war -- more of the actual ground war -- than any group of civilian observers, save for the Iraqis, of course."

Contributors include photojournalists working for the Associated Press, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, Reuters and Time. in-depth interviews give first-person accounts of events from the long conflict that began with the 2003 U.S. -led invasion such as the toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein's statue and the battle for Fallujah. 

They also touch on issues of censorship and the role of the media, as well as what journalists sometimes have to go through to capture images of conflict or human stories amid the chaos - the harrowing images that were never shown or published before. This is the most comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War yet published.

The words of the photojournalists and the images they captured in Iraq will burn themselves indelibly on our minds and that is as it should be. These hard-hitting accounts and photographs, rare in the annals of any war, reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in Iraq. There is nothing comforting about this book. It is jarring, it is disturbing, it is real. When will we learn that war is not an answer? Grady Harp, June 13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, original, gorgeously printed 11 Jun. 2013
By B. Brody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A profound, personal look at Iraq and the photojournalists who covered the war at its worst. Many common threads tie the 39 interviews together - censorship, PTSD, the search for the iconic image - but everyone has something unique to say. The book is both broad and deep, a tremendous achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique History of the Iraq War 10 Jun. 2013
By Ed Kashi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book contains not only great photographs, but the back stories of the photographers who made the images and experienced what it was like to be in Iraq during the war. Ultimately, this book will become one of the most important repositories of history from the last 10 years in Iraq.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 10 Jun. 2013
By Matapez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Outstanding in every way. This is the book to remember the Iraq war. This one, and not some other one.
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