30 June 2008

Zoriah: Iraq War Photographer's Diary

The last five weeks in Iraq have been intense.

My trip began with a return to Baghdad ER. Iraq's busiest trauma hospital for combat injuries, it sees its share of the ravages of war.

Moving on to Sadr City, I spent two weeks documenting the wall which now separates between two and four million residents from the rest of the world.

Continuing my documentation of Sadr City, I photographed life in the Jamilla Market. Having sustained severe damage during the weeks of intense fighting, many shops were closed and lines for the few remaining shops were packed tight.

I arrived in Anbar Province a week ago and on my second day was eyewitness to an Al Qaeda suicide bombing and assassination which left over fifty people dead or severely injured.

Not everything has been this intense, I have also had my share of pure boredom and have taken to photographing the graffiti that soldiers write on the walls of the latrines.
text and photos © Zoriah
If you would like to read more about these experiences and view more of the images, please visit www.zoriah.net and don't forget to spread the word about what you see there.
Zoriah was sharing with F blog his Iraqui experiences before, see the previous post ->


Antje said...

Wow. This is really intense. Thank you for this view on what's going on there.

F said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

very good and, as antje says, really intense!
-f .

ulf fågelhammar said...

Intense is the right word
I have been thinking about the words written by a soldier(?)
Also about the fear of going to a market to buy tomatoes, oranges etc and don´t know if you will get back alive. Fear is another word for this. Many thanks for sharing.

Mikael said...

Very strong work that makes me think how fortune we are living in safe little Sweden, thank´s for sharing this

paolo saccheri said...

When I see such level of ability, courage, sensitivity, I can only admire your work amongst the very top photojournalists!

beatriz said...

i have looked at these photos several times and cant find words to say. there is a very strong sense of decency to them...a deep respect for life. thank you!

Rhonda said...

I have a hard time looking at these photos, they say so much...thank you for showing them to us...very necessary!