Photographer Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives” Exhibition and Book Signing at Perkins Library

Photojournalist Benjamin Lowy, a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, began his career in 2003 when he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to cover the Iraq War. Lowy’s career as a conflict photographer has also taken him to Haiti, Darfur, and Afghanistan, among other places.

Last year Lowy’s photographs from Iraq were chosen by internationally renowned photographer William Eggleston as the fifth winner of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. This November Lowy’s book, Iraq | Perspectives, is being published by Duke University Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies.

The winner of the First Book Prize in Photography is also given an exhibit in the Rubenstein Library Gallery at Duke University and the photographs are then placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts.

Iraq | Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy
October 23–December 11, 2011 / Rubenstein Library Gallery, Perkins Library
West Campus, Duke University

Parking and directions:

Opening Reception and Book Signing
Thursday, November 10, 5:30 p.m. / Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room, Perkins Library
West Campus, Duke University

Lowy’s powerful and arresting color photographs, taken over a six-year period through Humvee windows and military-issue night vision goggles, capture the desolation of a war-ravaged Iraq as well as the tension and anxiety of both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. To photograph on the streets unprotected was impossible for Lowy, so he made images that illuminate this difficulty by shooting photographs through the windows and goggles meant to help him, and soldiers, to see. In doing so he provides us with a new way of looking at the war—an entirely different framework for regarding and thinking about the everyday activities of Iraqis in a devastated landscape and the movements of soldiers on patrol, as well as the alarm and apprehension of nighttime raids.


Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m. / George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film / 900 East Avenue, Rochester, New York

Book Signing
Friday, December 2, 6 p.m. / International Center of Photography / 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York City



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