Truth Lies Within.
Photographs by Bruno Stevens. Essay by Monica Garcia Prieto. Foreword by Jon Lee Anderson. Afterword by John Morris.
Ludion, Amsterdam, 2004. 240 pp., 100 color and 100 duotone illustrations, 9½x10½".
Truth Lies Within is a bold title for an equally bold body of work. Ostensibly about Baghdad, that ancient city from the cradle of civilization, Steven's photographs describe the city and the people before, during and after the American-led war in the spring of 2003. It is a tale of the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime and the ensuing chaos left by the power vacuum. It is a tale about the hundreds of civilian deaths as a result of bombings and about the exhumations of mass graves around the city of Najaf. In short, it is a tale of complexity and contradictions. Stevens has an eye for the visual complexities of city life and is able to hone in on details that stand as metaphors, revealing more than what is literally there. He is highminded in his search for truth, as the title implies. Edited to present scenes before, during, and after the war, the photographs ultimately reveal the horror and confusion of war and the suffering it brings. This is an honest book for difficult times.
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