June 2004
Quill;Jun2004, Vol. 92 Issue 5, p12
Trade Publication
This article describes photographs taken by Los Angeles Times photographers Carolyn Cole and Rick Loomis, which brought readers to the frontlines of battle and the side streets of Iraq. The photographs detail the damage, liberation and confusion of the war in Iraq. According to editor John Carroll, some of the photos are epics, such as the burning of the city of Baghdad with the statue of Saddam Hussein in the foreground, and others are testament to the might of the world's largest military power. Cole, a 2002 Pulitzer finalist for her work on the Palestinian and Israeli standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, was one of the few U.S. photojournalists to account for the time leading up to the war and the bombing campaign in the city. Loomis, the 2003 National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year, was embedded with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines as it fought through southern Iraq to Baghdad. Cole, stationed in Iraq for over four months, witnessed the collapse of the regime of Saddam Hussein and the start of a rocky peace, said Carroll. Loomis, on the other hand, traveling and sleeping in the cargo area of a soft-skinned Humvee, documented the treacherous journey through the sandblasted desert to the Iraqi capital.


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