Peter van Agtmael's war photography

SGT Jackson rests in the home of a suspected insurgent after a late night raid by U.S. soldiers. Two men were detained. Photograph by Peter van Agtmael.

There is an interesting interview with embedded war photographer Peter Van Agtmael at and also on interviewer Jörg Colberg's own blog here. He talks about his experiences photographing American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and how his photographs get used - or not. He notes that internet publishing has allowed him to have images of wounded soldiers made accessible to the American public. Certain images that he wasn't able to publish in print media. At least not in the U.S.

Click here to see his work on ABC news, with one slideshow prefixed thus:

Perhaps newspapers could publish similar disclaimers on their front page, thereby allowing them to print some graphic representations of the more unpleasant realities of war alongside the abstracted statistics...

Specialist Lucas Yaminishi holds up the bloody shoe of the victim of a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq. Nine people were killed and over 20 wounded in the bombing, one of the first of its kind in Mosul. Photograph by Peter van Agtmael

Incidentally, a statistic I came up against recently put the number of Iraqi security and police casualties at around twice that of the American forces. The number of civilian casualties is around 8 or 9 times that of these two figures combined.

Newsweek Photography Article

William H. F. Talbot The Open Door, 1844 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Slideshow with an interesting article commenting on the current state of photography as art and it's future within the digital medium.

Pieter Hugo

Yossi Milo Gallery currently has a show of work by Pieter Hugo. There are images from two series.

'The Wild Honey Collectors' is one.

Takyi Isaac, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana

'The Hyena & Other Men' is the other and main body of work on display.

Mallam Galadima Ahamadu with Jamis and Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara, Nigeria

Dayaba Usman with the monkey Clear, Nigeria

Reading the text that accompanies these images is illuminating. Like Hugo, I too wondered who these people were and what they do. His statement tells how he first became aware of them and how their relationship developed.

The recently published book also contains an excellent article on these 'Hyena Men' by Nigerian journalist Adetokunbo Abiola wherein he explains their vocation and a little about the life they lead.

Click here to see more images and read both Hugo's and Abiola's text.

Also, as it's nearly christmas perhaps I should mention that prints from the show are on sale now at Yossi Milo for up to $20 000.

I wonder what the Hyena men would make of that.

Gabriele Stabile

Please take a moment to check out Gabriele Stabile's website. He has recently updated it with work from the ongoing 'Refugee Motel' series and also some published work for The Fader magazine. Above are two of my favourites from the 'Refugee Motel' gallery.

Email him with feedback or comment here...

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