- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Umbrage Editions (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884167446
- ISBN-13: 978-1884167447
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,097,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Histories are Mirrors: The Path of Conflict Through Afghanistan and Iraq Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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About the Author
Tyler Hicks, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, graduated from Boston university with a degree in photojournlism. he worked at the Troy Daily News in Ohio and the Wilmington Morning Star in North Carolina before moving to The New York Times. Following 9/11, he photographed in Afghanistan for The Times and Getty Images. His awards include a 2003 Pictures of the Year Award of Excellence for a New York Times piece titled "Iraqi Prison Guard" and the 2001 International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Photojournalism for his coverage in Afghanistan. As a New York Times staff photographer since 2002, he has covered the ongoing Iraqi conflict from Baghdad. Though constantly on assignment, Hicks retains his residence in New York. John F. Burns has served as the bureau chief of The New York Times in Baghdad since the United States began bombing in March of 2003. He has received the Pulitzer Prize twice: in 1997 for his reporting on the Taliban in Afghanistan and in 1993 for his coverage of strife and destruction in Bosnia. Burns has been with The New York Times since 1975 and since that time he has been a bureau chief in New Delhi, Toronto, Peking, Moscow, and Johannesburg. He lives in London. Ian Fisher graduated from Boston University in 1987. He worked at The Lowell Sun in massachusetts until 1990, when he joined The New York Times as a clerk. After being promoted to reporter in 1992, Fisher covered the Bronx, Albany, and Washington, D.C. He became the New York Times East Africa bureau chief, based in Kenya, in 1998 and the Eastern Europe and Balkans chief in 2001. Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 he was based primarily in Iraq and the Middle East. In August of 2004 he became the New York Times bureau chief iin Rome, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
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This book may be the best document to date of what has happened in our world since the World Trade Towers came down. From the Hicks's earliest pictures, taken at ground zero immediately after the attack, through the invasion of Afghanistan and on to Iraq, the viewer is taken step by step through world-changing events and the resulting hope, euphoria, death and destruction.
Hicks is one of the world's leading war photographers. Sometimes it seems barely a bullet was fired that he was not there to record. His pictures of the execution of a wounded Taliban soldier-previously splashed across the front page of the New York Times where Hicks is a staff photographer-are gut-wrenching. And there are many more like that: Marines in close-quarters combat in the cemetery in Najaf, Saddam's soldiers searching for downed Americans along the Tigris, bleeding Northern Alliance soldiers an arm's reach from the lens. The pictures of Iraqi prisoners fleeing the open doors of Abu Ghraib are alone worth the price of the book
But Hicks has another, more empathetic side as well. He goes into the homes of grieving families; he shows the funerals and the hospital wards, the parents who have lost children, the children who are now orphans. The viewer feels the human suffering that results as world leaders solve political problems with guns and bombs.
There are many talented, committed photojournalists working today. Two characteristics separate Hicks from the crowd. One is his persistence-he was one of a handful of journalists who remained in Baghdad during the US bombing campaign. The second is his artistry. Simply put, he understands how to make a riveting, often haunting picture in the quiet moments when there is no action.
Robert Capa, Eugene Smith and Larry Burrows are recognized as the preeminent war photographers of the twentieth century. All were brave beyond belief (Capa and Burrows died in Vietnam). Yet they are remembered as much for their artistry, and for the humanity in their photos. Tyler Hicks follows in their footsteps.
I recommend this book and the entire scrupulously honest work of Mr. Hicks.
It is magisterial and breath-stealing. Allow yourself this wind-swept moment: by swallowing Hick's photographs, you shall be transformed.