Now And Then: Rephotographing Iraq

A lot of photographers are revisiting 2003 this week — the year the U.S. first invaded Iraq — and sharing photos from the years of war that followed. Even more literally, Associated Press photographer Maya Alleruzzo has revisited physical sites originally photographed by various photographers during the war, to what has changed and what hasn’t.

One scene speaks volumes: Today, shoppers pass through a busy shopping district in Baghdad. But in the 2008 photo, originally taken by Hadi Mizban for the AP, the sidewalk is covered in fresh stains from a bombing that killed 22 people.

Another notable retrospective is a new book by Michael Kamber, who covered the war for The New York Times, called Photojournalists On War — a compilation of testimonies by photographers who covered Iraq (featured recently on The New York Times‘ Lens blog). And NPR’s own David Gilkey looks back at the eve of the American invasion.

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