Ivor Prickett’s book End of the Caliphate is the result of months spent on the ground in Iraq and Syria between 2016 and 2018 photographing the battle to defeat ISIS. Working exclusively for the New York Times, Prickett was often embedded with Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces as he documented both the fighting and its toll on the civilian population and urban landscape. The battle to defeat ISIS in the region, resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and ruined vast tracts of cities such as Mosul and Raqqa. Involving some of most brutal urban combat since World War II, the fall of Mosul was key to the downfall of the Islamic State: soon after the remains of the so-called “Caliphate” began to crumble.
Prickett focuses on the human struggles of the conflict. Taken on the frontline, his pictures legitimately and compellingly record the experience of being “caught in the crossfire,” whether as a soldier or non-combatant. He furthermore captures post-war reality while attempting to reconstruct the final weeks of combat: the devastated cities including abandoned corpses of ISIS fighters, and, months later, families searching for missing loved ones, and civilians returning to reclaim their homes and lives.
Ivor Prickett was born in 1983 and raised in the Republic of Ireland before leaving to study documentary photography in the United Kingdom. In 2009 he moved to the Middle East where he documented the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Libya, working simultaneously on editorial assignments and personal long-term projects. Prickett continues to be based in the region and has spent the past eight years photographing the effects of the tumultuous Arab uprisings there. His work is held in the National Portrait Gallery in London and Museum Folkwang in Essen.
An exhibition with the same title will be on view at Amber Gallery 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE, UK from September 28 – December 15, 2019.
Ivor Prickett: End of the Caliphate
Text by: Anthony Loyd and Ivor Prickett
Book Design: Ivor Prickett and Holger Feroudj
12 x 10.25 in. / 30.5 x 26 cm
US$ 55.00 / € 45.00
Release Date USA: September 2019