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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.

More About Benjamin Lowy

Benjamin Lowy’s website and blog

“Ben Lowy Instagrams the Conventions,” The New Yorker Photo Booth, September 10, 2012

Recipient of the 2012 Infinity Award for Photojournalism from the International Center for Photography

Recipient of a 2012 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant

“A Look into the Life of Conflict Photographer Benjamin Lowy,” Popular Photography, December 8, 2011

“Life During Wartime,” New York Times Magazine, October 23, 2011

“Hipstamatic in Kabul,” The 6th Floor: Eavesdropping on the Times Magazine, October 20, 2011

“Bad Guys vs. Worse Guys in Afghanistan,” New York Times Magazine, October 19, 2011

“Behind the Scenes with Jon Stewart: The Daily Show Host on Fox News, Obama and the Power of Satire,” Rolling Stone, September 2011

“Behind the Scenes with Jon Stewart: The Daily Show Host on Maintaining a Balance,” Rolling Stone, September 2011

“One Photojournalist’s Surreal Ride into Libya’s War Zone,” PhotoBlog on MSNBC.com

“This is How You Start a War,” photographs from Libya in GQ, June 2011

“You Never Forget That First Taste of War: The Photographers that Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros Left Behind,” New York Magazine, May 2011

“In Search of Afghanistan’s Hidden Riches,” writer James Bandler and Benjamin Lowy on assignment for Fortune Magazine’s 500 issue

iAfghanistan exhibit at at the 2011 New York Photo Festival

Interview with Benjamin Lowy at the 2011 New York Photo Festival

“Painting in Deadly Oil,” New York Times blog Lens

“Behind the Scenes: A Different Battleground,” New York Times blog Lens

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