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KAINOA LITTLE Conflict photographer: sharing unsold work from Mosul July 7, 2017

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Metaphor Online , trackback

The following plea to share these conflict photos caught my eye. Freelance photography is difficult enough in the civilised world but felt for Kainoa Little’s plight in Mosul.

This is his story and the story of the people of Mosul:

Bohdan Warchomij Editor

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.


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