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Special Panel Discussion | Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson

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Thorne Anderson Baghdad, Iraq, July 19, 2004 Digital inkjet print High Museum of Art, Atlanta © Thorne Anderson

Bullets and Tea: Journalists and Iraqis recount the war in Iraq 10 years later
A panel discussion with Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson, and Farah Muhsin

Photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson discuss their reporting of the war in Iraq with Farah Muhsin, an Iraqi living in the Bay Area. In a conversational setting, the three will tell stories of Saddam-era Iraq: the bombing, invasion, occupation, militias, and mercenaries, and daily life in the cafés, streets, and bridal salons of Iraq.

Muhsin has been granted residency in the United States and will reveal the challenges that Iraqis face transitioning to life in the Bay Area.

Alford and Anderson live in Texas but have remained engaged in the story of Iraq since the war and continue to work as photographers and journalists. Alford returned to Iraq in 2011 to locate the people she met and photographed on her earlier visits.  Anderson first traveled to Iraq in 2002 and has also reported from Afghanistan.  

Kael Alford teaches photography and journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Thorne Anderson teaches photojournalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.Their photographs from Iraq are currently exhibited at the de Young in Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson.

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