Women are war photographers

Women are war photographers

Categories: Conflict | History | People | Photo project | Society | Tragedy | World

There is a long history of women photographers working in war zones, and many of them play a critical role in shaping the perception of armed conflict. The exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany features some 140 works by renowned photographers, including Caroline Cole, Susan Meiselas, Lee Miller, and Gerda Taro, taken over the past 80 years.

14 PHOTOS

Women are war photographers

1. Baghdad, Iraq, April 16, 2004. An image of Saddam Hussein riddled with bullet holes was drawn by Salem Yuel at what was once a Fedayeen guerrilla training camp. It will be replaced by a badge for the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Party. Hussein's symbols are rapidly disappearing throughout the city. Photograph: Carolyn Cole.

Women are war photographers

2. Massacre at Quarantine in Beirut, Lebanon, 1976. Photograph: Françoise Demulder

Women are war photographers

3. Ciudad Sandino in Nicaragua, 1978. Police search passers-by traveling in cars, trucks, buses, and on foot. Photograph: Susan Meiselas.

Women are war photographers

4. Vietnam, April 1967 U.S. Navy officer Vernon Wicke with a dying U.S. Marine at the Battle of Hill 881 near Khe San. Photo: Catherine Leroy.

Women are war photographers

5. Dozens of bodies lie in a mass grave on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, August 2003. Photograph: Carolyn Cole.

Women are war photographers

6. Vietnam, September 1966. American bombs hit Binh Dinh province. Photo: Catherine Leroy.

Women are war photographers

7. Ethiopia, May 30, 1991. Fall of Addis Ababa. Photo: Françoise Demulder.

Women are war photographers

8. Nicaragua, 1978. Traditional Indian dance mask from the city of Monimbo, worn by anti-government militants to hide their identity during the battle with the dictator Anastasio Somoza Debile. Photograph: Susan Meiselas.

Women are war photographers

9. Baghdad, Iraq, November 2004 US Marines raid the home of an Iraqi delegate in the Abu Ghraib area. Photo: Anja Nedringhaus.

Women are war photographers

10. Refugees from Malaga in Almeria, Spain, February 1937. Photo: Gerda Taro.

Women are war photographers

11. Nowena, Western Sahara, December 1976 A woman holds a child and a rifle during training for Polisario soldiers in Western Sahara. The Polisario was an army designed to fight Moroccan and Mauritanian occupation. Photo: Christina Spengler.

Women are war photographers

12. Salavat, Afghanistan, September 2010. Afghan men on a motorcycle overtake Canadian soldiers while on patrol in the Panjwai area. Photo: Anja Nedringhaus.

Women are war photographers

13. Liberated prisoners collect garbage in a landfill, Dachau, Germany, 1945. Lee Miller wrote, "Prisoners crept through these heaps, some of which were on fire, hoping to find something more presentable than what they were already wearing." Photograph: Lee Miller.

Women are war photographers

14. Barcelona, Spain, August 1936. Republican militia fighter training on the beach. Photo: Gerda Taro.

Keywords: Photographers | War photographers | Women | Photo projects | Tragedy | History | Armed conflict | Exhibition

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