Magazine article New Internationalist

Southern Exposure: Highlighting the Work of Photographers from the Majority World

Magazine article New Internationalist

Southern Exposure: Highlighting the Work of Photographers from the Majority World

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On the 22 September 1980 Iraqi forces attacked Iran's key airports and a war broke out that nobody believed could last for eight years and cost so many lives on both sides.

At that time, I had no experience as a war photographer but I felt it was my duty to record it on film. I struggled to control my feelings so that I would be able to record the reality correctly. The war was headline news and the world's press was looking for pictures. For six months I worked for an agency based in Paris. But the pictures they wanted didn't satisfy me. I decided to photograph for myself, not for the market. I wanted to capture pictures that defined the war for the future. Not photo-journalistic images, but rather a kind of documentary photography. …

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