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Preemptive War
Benjamin Lowy, From the series Preemptive War, 2004

The photographer - or as he calls himself, journalist, artist and story-teller - Benjamin Lowy stayed in Iraq for seven months to document the American invasion. He was embedded with American military units, mixed with the Iraqi people and underwent a mortar attack at an American base in Kuwait. It was not unusual for Lowy to make his photographs with trembling hands or tear-filled eyes. What affected him most was a Shiite family's discovery in a mass grave of a number of family members who had been executed in 1991 by Saddam Hussein's regime. Only after several other excavations was Lowy able to sufficiently regain control of his emotions that he could again photograph.

Benjamin Lowy concentrates on the flash-points of the world. The 25-year-old American is seen as one of the most important young photo talents at the moment. His reports on the war in Iraq won various prizes and were published in Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

Courtesy Corbis Photos (USA)