With previously unpublished photographs by an incredibly diverse group of the world’s top news photographers, Photojournalists on War presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. Michael Kamber interviewed photojournalists from many leading news organizations, including Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Magnum, Newsweek, the New York Times, Paris Match, Reuters, Time, the Times of London, VII Photo Agency, and the Washington Post, to create the most comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War yet published. These in-depth interviews offer first-person, frontline reports of the war as it unfolded, including key moments such as the battle for Fallujah, the toppling of Saddam’s statue, and the Haditha massacre. The photographers also vividly describe the often shocking and sometimes heroic actions that journalists undertook in trying to cover the war, as they discuss the role of the media and issues of censorship. These hard-hitting accounts and photographs, rare in the annals of any war, reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in Iraq.
"The Photojournalist who covers a war is usually nameless and faceless... Now there is a new important oral history, Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq by Michael Kamber, a former New York Times photojournalist and writer who wants to change the perception of what Dexter Filkens says in his incisive forward, 'In war the photographer is the silent witness.' Kamber's aim is to give voice to the men and women who cover war, whose often powerful and graphic images help define our perception of what war is."
—Ron Steinman, Hot Shoe, June 1, 2013
"Photojournalists on War is the result of five years of interviews with some of the world's leading photojournalists. However, finds Gwen McClure, it's also the fruit of Michael Kamber's frustration over the harrowing images that were never shown or published before … The aim of the book … is to tell the uncensored story to the general public, an audience that hasn't been privy to much of what went on there. The photographs in the book are at once stunning and arrestingly graphic."
—British Journal of Photography
“Except for the most famous conflict photographers, such as W. Eugene Smith and David Douglas Duncan, there are few interviews published that offer an extended view of the craft of conflict photography. . . . The interviews in Photojournalists on War give the experience a full voice, and I know of no other comparable collection for any post-Vietnam conflict. . . . Nothing approaches the depth of Kamber’s book.”
—Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
"The book—required reading for anyone interested in the way news is gathered and disseminated these days—collects Kamber's interviews with 39 colleagues who covered the war...so these conversations are remarkably candid—confidences shared among friends that we're privileged to be listening in on."
—Vince Aletti, Photograph
“Photojournalists on War is the closest we have come on the written page to the experience of modern warfare. This powerful volume is a necessary addition to the libraries of those interested in photography, photojournalism, and the history of modern warfare, humanism, media studies, and censorship.”
—Joe Pompeo, Capital New York
“With visceral, previously unpublished photographs and eyewitness accounts by an incredibly diverse group of the world’s top news photographers, Photojournalists on War presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. The hard-hitting accounts of these practitioners would be rare in the annals of any war, yet here they reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in Iraq.”
—Will Carleton, PhotoArchiveNews.com
“Michael Kamber’s new book, Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq, is a vital record of a conflict that will shape America, and Iraq, for decades to come.”
—Columbia Journalism Review
“Kamber’s interviews with his colleagues cover the war as they saw it—their passion for the story, their fears and daily complications, and the trauma they live with still today. Some of their images are among the most iconic of the war, some are previously unpublished, and many are gruesome, shocking, and utterly dispiriting. Most of all, the book lays bare the blunt impact of a war that, for many, remains ever present, a sadness and fierce determination found in those forever maimed—soldiers and civilians, Americans and Iraqis, and the men and women who took their pictures.”
—Austin Merrell, Vanity Fair
“Anyone who wants to see the real war in Iraq would do well to buy a copy of Michael Kamber’s new book, Photojournalists on War. It’s a vivid contradiction to many of the images widely broadcast and published during the past decade.”
―Architects and Artisans
"The book is wonderfully printed, which is of course important for a book of photographs. But I find it hard to know how to describe the book less superficially—that is, to describe the content. The story is painful but you'll find the images hard to get out of your head. The images in the book bust open a hornet's nest of emotions: amazement and horror, admiration and sorrow, gratitude and pain."
―William Porter (blogger)
“This volume will draw the attention of a wide range of individuals in such fields as journalism, photography, foreign policy, and the contemporary Middle East, whether specialists or nonspecialists seeking to see the impact of this and (by extension) other 21st-century wars.”
—Nader Entessar, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Library Journal
“Revealing the conflict in Iraq from the viewpoint of the photojournalists covering the war, Michael Kamber’s title is humbling and chilling. This book isn’t for the faint-hearted, the stories within pull no punches when it comes to documenting the atrocities of war and many of the images you see here would never grace a newspaper….For that, Kamber has to be commended – the title highlights what photojournalist have to go through as part of reporting on conflicts. Brilliant images and recollections within, although definitely not for those of sensitive or uneasy deposition!”
—Digital SLR Magazine