Thorne Anderson, Rita Leistner, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alford

Unembedded is an intimate look at the war in Iraq by independent photojournalists Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner. Working outside the U.S. military’s official “embedding” program, their unflinching look at war-ravaged Iraq shows a life that is brutal yet poignant, where compassion co-exists with anger, hatred and fear. By gaining the confidence of Iraqis, they have brought back images of life in wartime, from beauty parlors and joyful wedding scenes to the carnage of civilian casualties, the heartbroken faces of grieving parents and the glassy-eyed shock of parentless children. This is not the view from a Marine base. These photographers were on the streets of Baghdad when it fell, amid a crowd of civilians under aerial attack and in a holy shrine with the Mahdi Army during a siege. Their images take us across front lines and cultural barriers into the lives of a nation in crisis.

Exhibition sponsored by CONTACT.

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