Take Two for March 25, 2013

Picture This: Ashley Gilbertson's lens on the Iraq War

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Cpl. Joel Chaverri, a USMC combat cameraman attached to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, takes a break during the battle of Falluja, Iraq on November 13, 2004. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)

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Friday prayers in Sadr city, a sprawling slum in Baghdad's north takes place in Iraq on October 15, 2004. Fighting here has been intense between the Americans and the Mahdi Army for the past month, though this week Muqtada Al-Sadr announced a cease fire and agreed to turn in weapons in a American weapons buy back program. Chants of "Muqtada" rang out after prayers had finished, and children emulated the adults of the city by dressing up as Mehdi army fights and carrying around models of RPG's. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)

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The bedroom of LCPL. Blake Howey of Glendora, Calif. He was killed by an IED on Feb. 18, 2007, in Falluja, Iraq.

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1,215 American soldiers, airmen, marines (patch of lighter uniforms in top left corner) and seamen (patch of lighter uniforms in top center) pray before the pledge of enlistment on July 4, 2008, at a massive re-enlistment ceremony in Al Faw palace in Baghdad, Iraq on July 4, 2008. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)

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Sunni Suada (Su'ada) Soadoun, b. 1958, tells American and Kurdish soldiers the two Shiite men outside her house were trying to evict her from Kaadamiya, Baghdad, on March 27, 2007...The previous day American and Kurdish soldiers rushed to Suada Soadoun's house after she called the Kurdish soldiers to complain men were trying to evict her for the third time. ..The soldiers arrived and detained two of the men, a third escaped on foot. Suada is a widow, with four daughters and many grandchildren, and without a man to make her case for her, she fought and argued with the men who had tried to throw her out of her house. ..The men were masquerading as workers from the Ministry of finance, but their documents were false and they were carrying a pistol. It is impossible to say, but it is most likely they were members of the Mahdi army militia. ..The US and Kurdish soldiers left with their detainees and the street cheered and clapped their unlikely heros. Less than 18 hours later Suada was shot eight times by assassins on a motorcycle outside a bakery just over a block from her home. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)

Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network

Sunni Suada (Su'ada) Soadoun, b. 1958, smiles to American and Kurdish soldiers after they stopped her from being evicted by a Shiite militia for a third time from her house in Kaadamiya, Baghdad, on March 27, 2007...The previous day American and Kurdish soldiers rushed to Suada Soadoun's house after she called the Kurdish soldiers to complain men were trying to evict her for the third time. ..The soldiers arrived and detained two of the men, a third escaped on foot. Suada is a widow, with four daughters and many grandchildren, and without a man to make her case for her, she fought and argued with the men who had tried to throw her out of her house. ..The men were masquerading as workers from the Ministry of finance, but their documents were false and they were carrying a pistol. It is impossible to say, but it is most likely they were members of the Mahdi army militia. ..The US and Kurdish soldiers left with their detainees and the street cheered and clapped their unlikely heros. Less than 18 hours later Suada was shot eight times by assassins on a motorcycle outside a bakery just over a block from her home. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)

Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network

Daughters and granddaughters of Sunni Suada (Su'ada) Soadoun, b. 1958, scream and wail as they mourn immediatly after hearing their mother had been executed by Shiites outside a nearby bakery in Kaadamiya, Baghdad, on March 28, 2007...The previous day American and Kurdish soldiers rushed to Suada Soadoun's house after she called the Kurdish soldiers to complain men were trying to evict her for the third time. ..The soldiers arrived and detained two of the men, a third escaped on foot. Suada is a widow, with four daughters and many grandchildren, and without a man to make her case for her, she fought and argued with the men who had tried to throw her out of her house. ..The men were masquerading as workers from the Ministry of finance, but their documents were false and they were carrying a pistol. It is impossible to say, but it is most likely they were members of the Mahdi army militia. ..The US and Kurdish soldiers left with their detainees and the street cheered and clapped their unlikely heros. Less than 18 hours later Suada was shot eight times by assassins on a motorcycle outside a bakery just over a block from her home. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network)


This weekend, a new exhibition, called WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY, opened at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

The exhibit encompasses more than 150 images of war that range from 1887 to the present.

Among the photos included are ones shot by Ashley Gilbertson - an Australian photographer known for his work on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

He has since produced a series called Bedrooms of the Fallen, photographing the bedrooms of fallen soldiers.


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