Through the eye of the Iraq lense

The BBC recently ran an interview with Michael Kamber, who spoke about the publication of his new book.  

Photojournalists on War: The Untold Story from Iraq has become, what critics have described, as being the most "essential documents" to come out of Iraq. 

"Photojournalists on War" presents eye witness accounts from photojournalists covering the Iraq war, in an anthology of stories that didn't make headlines. 

Published by the University of Texas Press, the book was recently presented in New York, in the presence of the author and several contributors. 

In-depth interviews give first-person accounts, from the conflict that began with the 2003 invasion, and tackles events such as the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue and the battle for Fallujah. 

"Photographers are storytellers," Kamber explains. "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." 

Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, said that until this book, few published interviews existed which offered "an extended view of the craft of conflict photography." 

"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," she said. 

Contributors include photojournalists working for the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, Reuters and Time. The book also includes the late Chris Hondros who was killed in Libya in 2011. 

In March, the Committee to Protect Journalists, stated that a recorded 150 journalists and 54 media support workers were killed in Iraq, between the American invasion in March 2003 and December 2011. 

The CPJ noted the majority of journalists murdered in Iraq, were victims of targeted killings.Reporters Without Borders stated in 2010, Iraq had claimed the lives of more journalists than any other war since World War II. 

By Hussein Al-alak, editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra). You can follow Hussein on Twitter @TotallyHussein or read more by him over on his website Totally Hussein Al-alak.

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