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Liam Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226337265

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226337432.001.0001

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Visualizing the War on Terror: Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States

Visualizing the War on Terror: Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States

(p.128) Four Visualizing the War on Terror: Afghanistan, Iraq, the United States

Liam Kennedy

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines visualizations of the perpetual wars of terror and securitization in the post-9/11 era. For all the constraints of the “embed” system of media reporting many photographers have been producing imaginative work, and this chapter will look at examples, including the work of Chris Hondros and Ashley Gilbertson in Iraq. It will also examine the emergence of a digitalised soldier photography that offers compelling, real-time perspectives on the American soldier at war and suggestively supplements professional photojournalist representations of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chapter will also look at the role of photojournalism in documenting the realities of the “homeland security” state, commenting on the work of three contemporary photographers – Nina Berman, Anthony Suau, and Ashley Gilbertson – who seek to represent the war on terror by looking inward in order to ask questions about the conditions of war at home.

Keywords:   Nina Berman, Ashley Gilbertson, homeland security, Chris Hondros, Iraq, Anthony Suau, 9/11, war on terror, photojournalism

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