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“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Iraq War” with Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson

November 19, 2007 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

Arriving in Iraq on the eve of the U.S. invasion, unaffiliated with any newspaper and hoping to pick up assignments along the way, Ashley Gilbertson was one of the first photojournalists to cover the disintegration of America’s military triumph as looting and score settling convulsed Iraqi cities.  Just twenty-five years old at the time, Gilbertson soon landed a contract with The New York Times, and his extraordinary images of life in occupied Iraq and of American troops in action began appearing in the paper regularly. 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (The University of Chicago Press, 2007) gathers the best of his photographs, chronicling America’s early battles in Iraq, the initial occupation of Baghdad, the insurgency that erupted shortly afterward, the dramatic battle to over take Fallujah, and ultimately, the country’s first national elections.  This wide-ranging treatment of the war from the viewpoint of a photographer is the first of its kind.  In it he grapples with the reality that Iraq – despite the sacrifice in Iraq and American lives – has descended into a civil war with no end in sight. 

Co-sponsored by Women Against War and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

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