A Different View on Iraq by Jehad Nga

The New York Times website has some photographs that deserve to be seen. The pictures were made by a young photographer named Jehad Nga ( the pictures go with audio interviews in which the troops explain their feelings about the coming U.S. withdrawl from Iraq. Here you see the news photo reinterpreted for a new generation of readers.

The New York Times website has some photographs that deserve to be seen. The pictures were made by a young photographer named Jehad Nga ("Inga"), who was one of American Photo's Emerging Artists in 2007. In his new project for the Times, Nga has made dramatically lit portraits of U.S. soldiers in Iraq; the pictures go with audio interviews in which the troops explain their feelings about the coming U.S. withdrawl from Iraq. Here you see the news photo reinterpreted for a new generation of readers. There is no attempt at naturalism, but instead the cinematic quality we've become accustomed to in film documentaries. These aren't just soldiers; they're stars. I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with the pictures in the context of a newspaper. But I do know they are spectacular. You're feelings?--David Schonauer