Benjamin Lowy has photographed conflict zones from Iraq, to Darfur to Afghanistan. His upcoming book, Iraq | Perspectives, is coming out this fall.
In an interview with Jörg Colberg, Lowy describes a series of photos taken from inside a Humvee:
Originally I began shooting out my car window because, at the time, it was the only way to photograph the Iraqi “street.” It was too dangerous to just simply walk. But I began shooting out these windows, mostly because my mother kept asking me what Iraq was like. What Baghdad was like. The only pictures she saw from me or other journalists were embeds, raids, bombs sites, and hospitals. So this was my attempt to photograph something different, to show her, to show people in the West, a different Iraq. At the same time, the framing mechanism of the window itself became part of the picture, it became a metaphor for the barrier between our worlds.
The interview itself is a recommended longread. In it, Lowry discusses the pressures of career and family when conflict zones are your place of work, what it means to be embedded and his perspective on the Iraq war in general.
Interview | Lowy’s site.