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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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.
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.