American photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson have spent much of their careers covering international culture, politics, and conflicts, including documenting the impact and aftermath of the U.S.-led allied invasion of Iraq in 2003. Taken during a two-year span, these photographs—which were made outside the confines of the U.S. military’s embedded journalist program in an attempt to get closer to the daily realities of Iraqi citizens—cover the emergence of the armed militias that challenged the allied forces and later the new central Iraqi government. The body of work will be on view at the de Young Museum from February 9–June 16, 2013 in the exhibition Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson. Together with Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and Rita Leistner, Alford and Anderson are also co-authors of the book Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq (Chelsea Green, 2005).
Kael Alford is a freelance photojournalist who was based in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has spent more than eight months of the last year and a half in Iraq. Her recent work from Iraq focuses on the growing culture of resistance, conservative religion, and the grassroots movements developing since the invasion of Iraq. Alford has worked extensively covering Southeast Europe and the Middle East for many major U.S. and European magazines and newspapers. Her work from the conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia was recognized in the Pictures of the Year competition in 2001 and 2002, and she was featured in the CBC documentary Beyond Words: Photographers of War. She has a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and has taught photojournalism at the American University of Bulgaria. She is based in Amsterdam and New York and is represented by Panos Pictures in London.
Thorne Anderson has been covering international news with Corbis/Sygma since 1999. Thorne's photographs are regularly published in magazines and newspapers including Time, Newsweek,New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian. He has a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and formerly taught Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Bulgaria. Anderson has spent ten months of the last two years in Iraq. While covering the war from Baghdad, he was arrested by Iraqi intelligence and expelled from the country. He returned to Iraq as soon as the borders opened at the end of the war and has covered the nascent occupation resistance movements, both Sunni and Shiite.
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