A Photographer’s Chronicle of the War in Iraq

Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­ph­er Ash­ley Gilbert­son doc­u­ment­ed for The New York Times the US inva­sion of Iraq, cap­tur­ing the light­ning fast over­throw of Sad­dam’s regime and then the slow lapse into civ­il war. His new book, Whiskey Tan­go Fox­trot: A Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Chron­i­cle of the Iraq War, col­lects some of his best work. Com­bined, the print­ed pho­tographs offer what he calls a visu­al “tes­ta­ment to what war actu­al­ly is.” They let you see how deci­sions made by the Pen­ta­gon have real human costs on the ground in Iraq; or, put a lit­tle dif­fer­ent­ly, the pho­tos illus­trate in stark detail “what for­eign pol­i­cy looks like from the ground up.” Below, you can watch a video that fea­tures an intel­li­gent inter­view with Gilbert­son and offers a good glimpse into his pho­to­graph­ic work. Def­i­nite­ly give it some of your time.

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  • Bob Price says:

    An excel­lent inter­view and well worth the time to hear human, per­son­al, inter­ac­tion with war. Read­ing news and media accounts is always hear­ing from ter­tiary reflec­tions. Treat your­self to a first-hand account­ing from a sen­si­tive source.

  • Sergeant Mac says:

    Thanks for going back on your word Mr. Gilbert­son. You looked me in the eye and told me you would not take pho­tos of wound­ed sol­diers. Sil­ly me, I believed you. You nev­er knew Brud. You nev­er knew any of us. If you tru­ly any­thing about us, this war, hon­or sol­diers, etc, your quest for fame and for­tune would be the far­thest thing from your mind. You also owe me a cof­fee ther­mos. That’s the third and final time I will EVER trust a reporter.
    Thanks for all the pain you brought back…again…again…and again.

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