From the Series: Afghanistan
“Being a photojournalist is not a profession, it’s a way of life. You have to live it and breathe it and sometimes even risk dying for it.” —Kate Brooks
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“Kate Brooks takes us on her dangerous and daunting journey to capture the essence of war over the last decade." - Lyse Doucet, BBC World News presenter and correspondent
This exhibition is a collection of photographs and personal essays that chronicle a young photographer’s ten-year odyssey since September 11th. Now, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of those fateful events, Kate Brooks’ perilous journeys through all of the major conflicts in the world in this past decade is recorded in a series of gripping essays and installations. The exhibition encompasses four major regions and conflicts and draws images into chapters about Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Kate Brooks’ images from the past ten years startle us with their immediacy and empathy.
Kate Brooks’ career as a freelance photojournalist began while she was still a Russian studies student at the age of twenty in the former Soviet Union. The project; "Abandoned by the State: Cruelty and Neglect in Russian Orphanages" documented the systematic child abuse in Russian state orphanages and was published worldwide in a campaign for orphans’ rights by Human Rights Watch.
Following September 11th, Brooks moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of US foreign policy in the region and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. In 2003, she covered the American invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the insurgency for TIME. Since then she has photographed the impact of political events and violent conflicts and the daily lives of the civilian populations in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon and throughout the greater Middle East.
Currently based in Istanbul, Turkey, after several years of being based in Beirut, Brooks has distinguished herself with powerful and engaging coverage and an extended commitment to the long-form documentary essay. She has received numerous international awards including PDN 30, POYI, Lucie Awards, Communication Arts, American Photography. She is regularly published in international magazines and her major clients include Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and UNICEF.
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