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The Picture Show
Wed March 20, 2013
Now And Then: Rephotographing Iraq
Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 9:03 am
A lot of photographers are revisiting 2003 this week — the year the U.S. invaded Iraq — and sharing photos from the years of war that followed. Even more literally, Associated Press photographer Maya Alleruzzo revisited various sites photographed during the war to see what has changed and what hasn't.
One scene speaks volumes: Today, shoppers pass through a busy shopping district in Baghdad. But in the 2008 photo, taken by Hadi Mizban for AP, the sidewalk is covered in fresh stains from a bombing that killed 22 people.
Another notable retrospective is a new book by Michael Kamber, who covered the war for The New York Times, called Photojournalists On War — a compilation of testimonies by photographers who covered Iraq (featured recently on The New York Times' Lens blog). NPR's own David Gilkey also looked back at the eve of the American invasion.