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Joey Lawrence : We Came From Fire

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Since March 2015, photographer and author Joey L. has gained unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organizations fighting against ISIS, embedding himself into the chaos of the Iraq and Syrian Civil War on three separate trips. We Came From Fire: Kurdistan’s Armed Struggle Against ISIS provides invaluable insight into a series of conflicts that has been readily obscured by a complex narrative with myriad of warring factions. Three components meld to create an extraordinarily brave and important documentation: Joey’s medium format portrait photography, a written study of the history of the turmoil that led to the rise of armed Kurdish militias, and intimate journal notes of vivid personal experiences while working as a photographer in the war. The war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has flooded our daily news with troubling statistics of massacres and mass migrations, yet there are faces and human stories at the heart of the conflict. Joey writes, “From Iraq, one crosses the Tigris River into war-torn Syria, and is catapulted into a worldview crafted by the guerrilla. You are welcomed back by familiar faces wearing a...

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