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From Baghdad, Pictures of Peace

By — Lavanya Ramanathan
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 10, 2008; Page C13

Nothing has exploded and no one is wounded in Phil Nesmith’s photographs of Iraq. And that might be the most extraordinary thing about his show, opening Saturday at Irvine Contemporary.

“My Baghdad” chronicles Nesmith’s two trips to the war zone in ambrotypes — hazy, antique-looking images created on glass plates.

The surprisingly placid images were shot in 2003-04 and during a brief stint in 2006, and they include barren Iraqi landscapes, birds on a wire and sunsets marred only by a passing helicopter. They have the patina of old Civil War photographs, but were shot digitally — because things move too quickly in Iraq to pull out a large camera and wait for a long exposure. “It’s too dangerous for that,” Nesmith says.


To see the rest of what Ramanathan writes about My Baghdad check out the posting at the Washington Post.


~ by Phil Nesmith on January 10, 2008.

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