Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq Hardcover – Abridged, Audiobook, Box set
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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 Some of their images are among the most iconic of the war, some are previously unpublished, and many are gruesome, shocking, and utterly dispiriting.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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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