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  • "Baghdad Today" 

  • This is the story of two Dutch women (Paulien Bakker and Marieke van der Veldengoing to Iraq to meet ordinary Baghdadis. How have ten years of foreign influence changed Baghdad? What is life like for those who, after 9/11, came to live on the front line ofthe war on terror? And now the Americans have left, what did the West leavebehind? We follow a bride getting ready in a beauty parlor; a four year old boyon his first day at school; a psychiatrist providing help in Baghdad’s biggest slum – Sadr City. What gave these people the courage to go out again and live, despite the vicious attacks on their city?

    Part of the interview on Lens Blog/New York Times, written bij NYT Photographer Michael Kamber;
    “In Holland, we don’t know anything about the Iraqi people,” said the Dutch photographer Marieke van der Velden.
    “When we hear Iraqis are killed … if they have no face, then we feel no hurt.” Ms. van der Velden’s recent photographs of daily life — not death— in Baghdad make you feel. Taken in August, the project forms one of the most intimate portraits of Iraqi life to emerge since the 2003 American invasion. By turns playful, sad, poignant and optimistic, her photos portray a deeply human dimension of the sweltering, bomb-shattered city. I wanted to show the Iraqi people's common life'" Ms. van der Velden said in an interview."I thought, maybe I can give some power back".

  • Welcome to Baghdad 
  •  The missin' statue of Saddam
  • Walls
  • Camera man Firas and journalist Maryam
  • Bombed house
  • Entertainer
  • Mother and child
  • Terrace at juice bar Meshmisha
  • Brides
  • The swords of Saddam & Khduer
  • Celebrating Eid in Zawra Park
  • Two victories
  • Big wheel
  • City view
  • Iraqi soldiers
  • Behind the door
  • Car bomb
  • Sweeties
  • Noor and Eliana
  • Love
  • At Mustafa's gym
  • At Mustafa's gym
  • Shopping street
  • Two houses (right one hit by a bomb)
  • My video was shown at TED X Baghdad in November 2011
  • This stories has been published on Lens Blog from New York Times (US), Daily Beast from Andrew Sullivan (UK), Life Force Magazine (US), Guernica Magazine (US) and Il Post (Italy)

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