Benjamin Lowy, a war and feature photographer,
After Lowy found it impossible to photograph on the streets unprotected, he decided to make images through Humvee windows, which emphasized his sense of detachment and the physical separation between American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.
“The images are not intimate,” he says. “Metaphorically speaking, the windows represent a barrier that impedes dialogue. The pictures show a fragment of Iraqi daily life taken by a transient passenger in a Humvee.”
To take the night-vision photographs, Lowy attached the goggles to his camera with duct tape, dental floss, or chewing gum. Among other things, he photographed soldiers as they entered houses and bedrooms of Iraqi civilians during nighttime raids.
Color-photography pioneer William Eggleston judged the competition and chose Lowy to win the prize. Lowy’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and GQ.
Perspective on Iraq
War photographer wins CDS/Honickman First Book Prize
June 1, 2011