As we continue to talk about EPIC’s new project, PHOTOVOICE IRAQ: Picturing Change, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss why photography is such a powerful and important medium. To explore this, we called a professional.
Henry Arvidsson is a professional photographer based out of the Netherlands. Part of the United Nations Special Commission envoy, Henry first went to Iraq in the early/mid 90′s to document the dismantling of WMD’s. His work there formed an intimate portrait of Iraq not often seen in Western media. Fifteen years after this first trip, he returned to Baghdad in 2011 to see how the situation had changed.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with Henry via e-mail, and got to hear the stories behind some of my favorites of his pictures, as well as get insight into what he sees as the importance and value of photography. Here’s our conversation, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Read more