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Iraq | Perspectives
An interview with Benjamin Lowy
“I was covering Iraq for years, 2003, 2004, 2005—I missed 2006—2007, 2008. At some point I realized all these pictures I’m making, they’re digital, appear mostly on the Internet for an hour before they’re refreshed with something new. . . . If you look at photojournalism in the last ten years, a lot of people have been pushing the envelope to create a new way of seeing because we’re so inundated with images day in and day out. It’s not like how it used to be, where a very few people had cameras. Now everyone has one, and you have to find a unique way of photographing something that’s different than what other people see, and expect to see. . . . A book lasts. It becomes something more. . . . A book, for photographers, is the ultimate legacy.”
A full transcript of the interview
Benjamin Lowy is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and began his career in 2003 when he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to cover the Iraq War. Lowy’s career as a conflict photographer has also taken him to Haiti, Darfur, and Afghanistan, among other places. Lowy’s photographs have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, Stern, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, and Rolling Stone, and his work has been recognized by World Press Photo, POYi, Photo District News (PDN’s 30), Critical Mass, American Photography, and Foam Magazine. His work has been exhibited at San Francisco MOMA, Tate Modern, Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Battlespace, the Empty Quarter, and the Houston Center for Photography, among others.
Benjamin Lowy’s work was selected from two hundred entries in the fifth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition.
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