conflict photographer


Fifty years ago, military photographs serving in our armed forces took thousands of photographs that covered every aspect of the conflict in in Vietnam—photographs that are now part of our National Archives. Their assignments sent them everywhere: the jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers, and air bases.

Our new traveling exhibit, “Picturing Nam,” will be on display for the first time at Syracuse, NY, during the Central New York Veterans Parade Expo from November 10 to 12. After that, you can see this exhibit at the Onondaga County Historical Society until January 7, 2017.


Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

In the shadow of war. South Sudan. The country, both before and after independence has know nothing but tragedy, war, and turmoil. Predictions are that South Sudan will be in the headlines many times this year, with civil was and genocide dominating them. 


The Scratched Lens: Photographing Syria: Bassam Khabieh

Reuters Slideshow:


IRAQ. Bashur. Nineveh governorate. Near Shingal/Sinjar. March 2015. Women of the Shingal Resistance Unit on patrol in the Sinjar Mountains.

After training, they will join the guerrillas in the fight. Their commander told me that the biggest challenge they face had nothing to do with the training, but was more a psychological challenge. Even after the war is long over, one can only imagine the internal, irreparable damage done to an entire generation on every side of the conflict.

Photograph: Joey L.

“By the ’90s, photography’s reputation as a truth-telling medium had long been in disrepute. Far from being an objective record of reality, it was seen as agenda-ridden and manipulative. When applied to as crazily complicated a slice of history as the Lebanese wars — everyone had a different take on cause, effect, justification and blame — photographic unreliability took on an absurdist, surreal cast.”

Read The New York Times’ review of Walid Raad, on view through January 31.

[Installation view of Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Thomas Griesel]

Two young Assyrians sit next to the fence of a huge statue of the Holy Virgin Mary. They fled with their families from Islamic State’s held Mosul to Koysinjaq, Iraqi Kurdistan.

At sunset, they lit candles and sang songs in (modern) Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, while walking around a giant statue of the Virgin Mary in Koysinjaq, Iraq. They stressed how good they were treated here by the (predominantly Muslim Kurdish) local community.

Assyrian is the common collective term for modern Aramaic-speaking peoples of the Near East. They’re indigenous to what is now Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey and are also known as Chaldeans, Syriacs and Arameans.