Risking their lives, intrepid journalists and photographers have labored in often desperate conditions to bring images of war-torn Iraq to the rest of the world. Since no war in US history has had more carefully managed press coverage than this one, their more controversial and moving efforts have gone largely unreported in the United States. Now, here are the pictures Americans have not seen: An Iraqi boy trying to study with a bandaged eye; the bullet-riddled tail of a Red Crescent vehicle; American soldiers and Iraqi citizens alike praying; mass graves; brothers kneeling over dead brothers; babies in coffins; bloody body parts kept on ice. Each picture suggests the world and lives beyond the edges of the frame; together they show the true face of the US occupation of Iraq.
The Associated Press staff was recognized by the 2005 Pulitzer Prize "for its stunning series of photographs of the bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities." Whether they set their sights on triumphant US soldiers relaxing in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces or on the injured Iraqi woman whose ambulance they shared, these photographers have brought home the horror and fear of war, and the reminder that we are all flesh and blood.
The Associated Press photographers featured include: Mohammad Adnan, J. Scott Applewhite, Jean-Marie Bouju, Gregorio Borgia, David Cheskin, Dan Chung, Pier Paolo Cito, D. Myles Cullen, Bassem Daham, Saurabh Das, Jerome Delay, Kevin Frayer, Sergie Grits, David Guttenfelder, Bilal Hussein, Nabil al-Jurani, Karim Kadim, Saeed Khan, Wathiq Khuzaie, Sasa Kralj, Brennan Linsley, Efrem Lukatsky, Jim MacMillan, Hussein Malla, Alaa al-Marjani, Jon Mills, Richard Mills, Hadi Mizban, Samir Mizban, Khalid Mohammed, John Moore, Muhammad Muheisen, Tony Nicoletti, Anja Niedringhaus, Kamal Osman, Andrew Parsons, Laura Rauch, Laurent Rebours, Terry Richards, Ivan Sekretarev, Bassem Tellawi, Mohammed Uraibi, Stefan Zaklin, and Alexander Zemlianichenko.