by Christoph Bangert

Iraq - The Space Between

Christoph Bangert had barely finished studying photography at the ICP, when the New York Times sent him on his first assignment, to cover the war in Iraq.

For over a year, in a period when many western journalists were being kidnapped, Bangert, often working independently, documented the bloodshed and its effects on daily life. Two qualities make his photographs stand out from the meta-work on Iraq: his unflinching gaze that doesn’t shy from the most gruesome of scenes and his lack of preconceived ideas about what war ‘should’ look like. This results in an extraordinary body of work from abandoned playgrounds, desert battlefields and overstretched emergency rooms in Baghdad hospitals; among the injured children, the wounded soldiers, a single image of a horrifically burnt man is unforgettable. |

Read Max Houghton’s interview with Christoph Bangert in the new issue of 8 magazine, out in April.