My introduction to Iraq and the Iraqi Diaspora was in 2001 when
I photographed the Kurdish regions in the North. Since then, I've
worked throughout the country, and for the last couple of tours, I
have been on contract for The New York Times.
This spring I joined Times reporter Edward Wong in Karbala,
about 50 miles south of Baghdad, for a month-long embedded
mission with the First Armored Division. It was during the
uprising led by firebrand cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr and through
the handover of Iraq to the new government there.
The work that I made during this operation is about the soldier—the
every day dangers they face, the emotional and physical toll of their
work and the acts of bravery and camaraderie in the ranks. Regardless
of the soldiers' position on the occupation or US foreign policy, they
are still obliged to go out every day and put their lives on the line
to defend it.