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Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq Hardcover – May 15 2013

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (May 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292744080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292744080
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With visceral, previously unpublished photographs and eyewitness accounts by an incredibly diverse group of the world’s top news photographers, Photojournalists on War presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. The hard-hitting accounts of these practitioners would be rare in the annals of any war, yet here they reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in Iraq. Each interview is logged with the year and location it took place, and is accompanied by a selection of the photographer’s work made on and off the battlefield." (Will Carleton

"Michael Kamber’s new book, Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, is a vital record of a conflict that will shape America, and Iraq, for decades to come." (Staff Columbia Journalism Review)

"Anyone who wants to see the real war in Iraq would do well to buy a copy of Michael Kamber's new book, Photojournalists on War. It's a vivid contradiction to many of the images widely broadcast and published during the past decade." (Staff Architects and Artisans 2013-05-01)

"The Photojournalist who covers a war is usually nameless and faceless... Now there is a new important oral history, Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq by Michael Kamber…Not all the photos are about war. Some show people in their daily lives, images, which depict the results of war on often innocent civilians. All are memorable." (Ron Steinman Hot Shoe 2013-06-01)

"The book—required reading for anyone interested in the way news is gathered an disseminated these days—collects Kamber’s interviews with 39 colleagues who covered the war…so these conversations are remarkably candid—confidences shared among friends that we’re privileged to be listening in on." (Vince Aletti Photograph 2013-07-01)

"The book is wonderfully printed, which is of course important for a book of photographs. But I find it hard to know how to describe the book less superficially-that is, to describe the content. The story is painful but you'll find the images hard to get out of your head. The images in the book bust open a hornet's nest of emotions: amazement and horror, admiration and sorrow, gratitude and pain." (William Porter 2013-08-07)

"Photojournalists On War is THE reference book for any discussion of the War on Iraq and photography." (Pete Brook Photo-Eye Blog 2014-01-03)

"Photojournalists on War is the result of five years of interviews with some of the world's leading photojournalists. However, finds Gwen McClure, it's also the fruit of Michael Kamber's frustration over the harrowing images that were never shown or published before … The aim of the book … is to tell the uncensored story to the general public, an audience that hasn't been privy to much of what went on there. The photographs in the book are at once stunning and arrestingly graphic." (British Journal of Photography)


"Except for the most famous conflict photographers, such as W. Eugene Smith and David Douglas Duncan, there are few interviews published that offer an extended view of the craft of conflict photography. . . . The interviews in Photojournalists on War give the experience a full voice, and I know of no other comparable collection for any post-Vietnam conflict. . . . Nothing approaches the depth of Kamber’s book." (Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

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The war in Iraq from a perspective that is not meant to be seen. Its gritty, dirty, and shocking. These are the photos that never made it into the mainstream media, and if they did, the war would have ended earlier. Makes one wonder about the sanitization of war reportage that has ocurred since the Vietnam war where war photos became part of public debate. The result was a change of public opinion that contributed to ending the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Document June 10 2013
By John Moore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are many reasons why Photojournalists on War is unique. First of all, this may be the strongest collection of photos from the Iraq War ever published between two covers of a book. The sheer breadth of the photography is extraordinary yet the editing tight. For me though, I love the conversational tone of the interviews with the photojournalists who covered the conflict. The text is as powerful as the imagery, and that is very rare in photo book publishing. Mike's deliberate yet non-leading style of interviewing allowed the photographers to open up about their experiences - at turns tragic and heroic, sometimes wildly ironic, occasionally detailing near-death experiences born from weeks of boredom, not to mention the perilous challenges in gaining intimate access to Iraqi civilians and American soldiers who's lives were warped forever. Many of the photographers interviewed are friends of mine in the business, yet I had never heard most of these stories, many of which are extremely personal. For anyone interested in photojournalism and the people who go into harm's way with a camera, this book is priceless and very hard to put down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and very necessary for all to see and read June 16 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While this nation chants for an end to the war in Iraq, or more significantly an end to our entry in to the multiple wars ongoing in the Middle East along come this book to underline the angst and grief and wounded minds and psyches of those who have actively fought in this war as well as those of us form other wars who can empathize yet never wholly understand the Iraqi war - until now. These brutally realistic images are direct from the front with the stories that accompany them. But another aspect of this book is perhaps our final opportunity to see what a beautiful country was Iraq before the war and the devastation of a culture.

Michael Kamber is responsible for the interviews and for bringing together this experience for us. 
"Photographers are storytellers: most love to talk," Kamber writes. "As a group, I believe we saw more of the war -- more of the actual ground war -- than any group of civilian observers, save for the Iraqis, of course."

Contributors include photojournalists working for the Associated Press, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, Reuters and Time. in-depth interviews give first-person accounts of events from the long conflict that began with the 2003 U.S. -led invasion such as the toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein's statue and the battle for Fallujah. 

They also touch on issues of censorship and the role of the media, as well as what journalists sometimes have to go through to capture images of conflict or human stories amid the chaos - the harrowing images that were never shown or published before. This is the most comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War yet published.

The words of the photojournalists and the images they captured in Iraq will burn themselves indelibly on our minds and that is as it should be. These hard-hitting accounts and photographs, rare in the annals of any war, reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in Iraq. There is nothing comforting about this book. It is jarring, it is disturbing, it is real. When will we learn that war is not an answer? Grady Harp, June 13
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, original, gorgeously printed June 10 2013
By B. Brody - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A profound, personal look at Iraq and the photojournalists who covered the war at its worst. Many common threads tie the 39 interviews together - censorship, PTSD, the search for the iconic image - but everyone has something unique to say. The book is both broad and deep, a tremendous achievement.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique History of the Iraq War June 9 2013
By Ed Kashi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book contains not only great photographs, but the back stories of the photographers who made the images and experienced what it was like to be in Iraq during the war. Ultimately, this book will become one of the most important repositories of history from the last 10 years in Iraq.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding June 10 2013
By Matapez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Outstanding in every way. This is the book to remember the Iraq war. This one, and not some other one.