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In January 2003 Franco Pagetti went to Baghdad. Three months later he was photographing the city through the fall of Saddam, capturing a population in the throws of released dictatorship, more interested in the Iraqi destiny than that of the US war machine churning its way through the city. But it soon became increasingly difficult for foreign journalists to stay and work. By the end of 2003 the insurgency had developed rapidly. The first targets being the US military, with roadside bombs and ambushes, soon after any foreigner was in danger. Many journalists retreated from the country. Pagetti however stayed, he found a way to carry on working although it was becoming more treacherous than ever. Committed to his cause of documenting the unfolding story of Iraq and its people, four years later he was still there, in a country that has now descended into a desperate and bloody civil war. No one is safe now, innocent civilians are killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught in the middle of the Shiite-Sunni conflict. Pagetti s only hope to continue his determined quest was to work embedded with the US military, and find ways of slipping through the cracks to document the reality of the Iraqi dream that became a living nightmare. Whilst embedded he also captured the face of war at the frontline, the events at Fallujah in 2004, and the innumerable operations against both Sunni and Shia. 2008 will herald the fifth year of a further evolving and complex situation. Pagetti will be there, his images showing a unique presence and a steadfast dedication to follow the unfolding, and uncertain, future of a country torn. Franco Pagetti is the most recent member of the respected VII agency, joining in November 2007. He has emerged as one of the principal chroniclers of the Iraq war, his photographs appearing in Stern, Le Figaro and most notably in TIME Magazine, are the definitive images of the most important news story of our time. Most of his recent work has involved conflict situations: Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Kashmir, Palestine, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
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Release Date Apr 30, 2008
ISBN 1904563732 ISBN13 9781904563730