Iraq War Photographer to Visit UA
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Renowned photojournalist Thorne Anderson will be speaking at the University of Arkansas on his work with the Unembedded Project — a collection of Iraq War photographs currently touring the United States. His popular and sensitive photographs have been published in such international publications as Time, Newsweek, and the London Times. The Unembedded Project seeks to humanize the Iraqi war from photojournalists’ points of view of the Iraqi people.
Anderson will be speaking from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in Ozark Hall 25 on the UA campus. Anderson will discuss his time in Iraq and his photography over a recent 10-month tour. He will be showing his photographs and talking about his experiences in Baghdad and across Iraq as an observer and photojournalist during periods of peak fighting.
The public is invited to this rare perspective of war through Anderson’s camera lens.
Thorne Anderson was born in Montgomery, Ala., in 1966, and grew up in Cabot, Ark. He has been covering international news with Corbis/Sygma since 1999. He is among the few active journalists who worked in Iraq during the sanctions period before the most recent war. While covering the war itself from Baghdad, he was arrested by Iraqi intelligence and expelled from the country. He returned to Iraq as soon as the borders opened at the end of the war and has covered the resistance movements, both Sunni and Shiite. He covered the Shiite uprisings by the Mehdi Militia from Sadr City to the besieged Najaf, where he and journalist Phillip Robertson spent three days inside the Imam Ali shrine with the Mehdi Militia and its supporters at the peak of the American military siege.
Anderson’s lecture is being sponsored by the University of Arkansas King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Lemke Journalism Department and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
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