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Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq, is a rare and intimate body of work that bears remarkable witness to the enduring power of independent journalism. Three of the four award-winning contributors exhibit from and speak about a book that stands in such sharp contrast with much of the embed news coverage of Iraq.

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad had never travelled outside Iraq until after the recent war. A deserter from Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army, he lived underground in Baghdad for six years, and began working as a journalist after the US-led invasion, writing for the Guardian and Washington Post. His photographs have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and The Times (London), among others. He has reported from the front lines of both the Sunni and Shia insurgency movements, and was one of the last journalists to work in insurgent-held Fallujah before the all-out assault in April 2004.

Kael Alford was one of the few independent photographers in Baghdad during the US bombing. In 2003, she rented a room in Ramadi to photograph the resistance as it was first taking shape in the months after the US-led invasion. On her most recent trip, she documented the culture surrounding the second front of insurgents, the Mehdi Militia, making many trips across front lines in Najaf and Sadr City to photograph their battles with US forces. She was one of many photojournalists featured in the documentary Beyond Words: Photographers of War.

Thorne Anderson has spent ten months of the last two years in Iraq. He is among the few active journalists who worked in Iraq during the sanctions period before the war. While covering the war from Baghdad, he was arrested by Iraqi intelligence and expelled from the country. He returned to Iraq at the end of the war and has since covered both Sunni and Shiite resistance movements. His most recent Iraq coverage focussed on Shiite uprisings from Sadr City to the besieged Najaf, where he and journalist Phillip Robertson spent three days inside the Imam Ali shrine with the Mehdi Militia and its supporters at the peak of the American military siege.

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