Etiqueta: Iraq

“Refugees” for Preemptive Love Coalition
A few weeks back I had one of those last minute calls offering an assignment the next day. After realizing that the call was from one of my favourite charities in the world, I was ready to clear my schedule, move some appointments and go for it. And I’m glad I did! PLC (Preemptive Love Coalition) had the mission to travel 200+ k ...
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A Cover for Kirkuk Center for Torture Victims
In September 2012 I had the privilege to meet in person some of the workers and directors behind the Kirkuk Center for Torture Victims. Kirkuk-center.org, as they state on their website, “is a human rights organization assisting traumatized victims of torture, persecution and violence in Iraq. We believe in a democratic society whe ...
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My Work for SALT International
Last week I had one of those assignments that are a blast from the beginning until the very last shot. It started with a 3-hour drive through one of my favorites landscapes to go to the city of Erbil (known as Hawler in the local language), the capital of Kurdistan.  Were on the road at 3am and as we drove, waited for the sun to ri ...
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Haunted Memories
It's not that I don’t have fond memories to recall. But I have a haunting memory that I need to get out of me. I’ve been thinking about my childhood; I’ve been trying to reconcile with my past, a past that I try to put together a piece at a time for my children to understand.  But my mind returns again and again to these haunting t ...
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The Operating Room
While I was going through the images I have shot during the last 2 years, I found a peculiar set of images that drew my attention. I don't know why I didn't take notice before, but I've decided to publish them under one of the portfolios that I'm currently building up, based on portraiture. I think that this set of photographs is v ...
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Sulaymaniyah International Theatre Festival
Last week, we had the opportunity to enjoy an international theatre festival, where groups from different European countries performed in locations throughout the city of Sulaymaniyah. It was a first for Iraq. One of the festival sponsors hired me to cover some of the performances, which was a new challenge for me. I haven’t don ...
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Guest Blogging – “Haunted Memories”
Today I'm guest blogging at a friend's Blog. The special thing about this post is that it isn't just another Blog post for me. This is a very intimate, deep and difficult story of my childhood that I had to put into words and photographs. I'm really thankful for this challenge, thanks to Jose Martinez. This is a great idea. The who ...
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Assignment: The Other Iraq (And the other Me)
A couple months ago, I contacted one of the main newspapers in Chile, called La Tercera. It publishes a Sunday magazine that has a very unique approach to storytelling. This magazine, El Semanal, is not based on documentaries, reports, analysis or interviews, which is the norm for a publication like that in Chile. Instead, El Seman ...
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Photographing Women in a Muslim country
A couple of weeks ago, one of my good friends, Canadian photographer Erin Wilson, suggested I write about this topic after revising my 2010 portfolio. This was the second time that another photographer mentioned this to me. I guess in all these years I have found my own way, as male photographer, to photograph women in Iraq. I mus ...
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Multimedia Work: “Remedy Mission & Deeya’s Story”
During the last weekend I finished a multimedia work about the Remedy Mission that I worked for in last August. These Remedy Missions are lifesaving campaigns done by Preemptive Love Coalition in Iraq. Their goal is to bring pediatric heart surgery teams, to perform surgeries on Iraqi children and at the same time to train Iraqi do ...
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Photography for Good! The ONE-SHOT Project.
I've been waiting for quite some time to write about this project. First I was waiting for the wonderful community at IGVP to launch their website back in July, and then because I was really busy working my last month in Iraq. I could hardly wait to be back in Chile to blog about it. But now, after 6-7 weeks in Chile, I'm finally ...
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Approaching Storytelling in your Photography. (3 Tips!)
These photographs are from my third day at Remedy Mission, which was Friday. It was a long day, being that I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and I got back home at 11:30 p.m. During my third day I had to change my strategy towards getting the photographs for Preemptive Love. Why? Because it was time to start covering more of the stories behin ...
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