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Jeff Severns Guntzel, Electronic Iraq, Oct 22, 2008

Photographer Max Becherer's Haifa Street portrait over at the New York Times Baghdad Bureau blog is accompanied by a reflection on a country and conflict he has covered for years.

Of his photo, he writes:

Mohammad Raheem looked out the window of his home and showed me where the blast shattered his windows four years ago to the day. The shards went flying through the room where he slept on the floor with his wife and three children between them, he told me.

Mohammad’s face was cut by the glass and so were the legs of his small daughter. He sat down on the simple wooden bench looking shattered by the memory of the blast.

In 1/30th of a second the moment passed. Teba, Mohammad’s nine-year-old daughter, ran from behind her mother, who was listening out of sight in the hall, to her father. I raised my camera in anticipation of human contact.

Mohammad embraced his daughter and was momentarily relieved of the burden of his experience. My gut told me of the intimacy of the moment I had witnessed and I knew I had what my crew and I had spent all day looking for.

"Being a photojournalist covering Iraq today," Becherer writes, "takes everything I have ever learned about photography, Iraq and the human experience and applying it to an event that has turned all of those things on its head."



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