Iraq | Perspectives

Benjamin Lowy

These powerful and arresting color photographs, taken over a six-year period through Humvee windows and military-issue night vision goggles, capture the desolation of a war-ravaged Iraq as well as the tension and anxiety of both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. To photograph on the streets unprotected was impossible for Lowy, so he made images that illuminate this difficulty by shooting photographs through the windows and goggles meant to help him, and soldiers, to see. In doing so he provides us with a new way of looking at the war—an entirely different framework for regarding and thinking about the everyday activities of Iraqis in a devastated landscape and the movements of soldiers on patrol, as well as the alarm and apprehension of nighttime raids.

Selected by William Eggleston to win the 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Available in bookstores or by ordering from Duke University Press

First Book Prize in Photography winner Benjamin Lowy's Iraq | Perspectives now available as enhanced eBook on iTunes

“These images were practically asking to be in a book together—everything about them—the conception, the subject, the fact that we’re still at war, the way the pictures were taken. Benjamin’s work is an opportunity to see as an American soldier sees when in Iraq—nobody I know of has ever shown that, especially through night vision goggles.”
William Eggleston

AVAILABLE FROM CDS: signed first edition, $50

Iraq | Perspectives
96 Color photographs
Duke University Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies
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12.5" x 10.5"