Photographs by Johan Spanner – University of Copenhagen

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Photograph by Johan Spanner

This photo taken by Johan Spanner, now a research assistant at Images and International Security, shows Iraqis detained by US Army 4-14 Cavalry in a wide sweep operation in Iraq's Western Desert in 2005. The prisoners were being led blindfolded to an awaiting helicopter that would take them to a detention center hundreds of miles from their homes. As Johan explains “the photograph represents the coverage from the long war in Iraq well: it was a faceless war. The prisoners we photographed were always hooded or blindfolded, and the images from the bombings were so gruesome that no Western media ever printed anything remotely close to the full carnage."

For further information and examples of his work see The New York Times.