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Iraq | Perspectives

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Selected by William Eggleston as Winner
The Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in PhotographyBenjamin Lowy’s powerful and arresting color photographs, taken over a six-year period through Humvee windows and military-issue night vision goggles, capture the desolation of a war-ravaged Iraq as well as the tension and anxiety of both U.S. soldiers and I
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published November 4th 2011 by Duke University Press Books (first published October 14th 2011)
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Feb 22, 2012 Nafiza rated it 4 of 5 stars
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So this book contains photographs of Iraqis and Iraq and it grants the viewers unique perspectives. Fittingly, the title reflects the purpose of the collection. Most of the photographs have been taken through windows, well the first portion has been anyway and this has such an interesting effect on both the viewer and the place/people being viewed.

The windows make the distance between the viewer and the viewed very much present and explicit. There is no "empathizing," rather I feel that these p
Patty Marvel
This book isn’t a "good read" so much as a "good view," but some more text would’ve been appreciated in understanding context.

These pictures of modern Iraq are divided into two sections, "Windows" and "Night Vision." The first part features daytime shots taken from a Humvee window, most of which show the signs of war – burned out cars, armed soldiers, razor wire atop concrete barriers – with the occasional and weirdly normal picture of a woman buying eggs at the market or girls walking alongside
Lowy's collection illustrates Iraq at war as a world within a world unto itself. It recalls many pictures taken and sent home by my brother and his Marines while they were deployed. Lowy's photographs capture the distance that simultaneously exists within the intimacy of war.
The point of view is more interesting than the photographs.
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