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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:45am

Now And Then: Rephotographing Iraq

Updated: 4 years ago.
The park that runs along Abu Nawas Street in Baghdad, named for an Arabic poet, is now a popular destination for families who are drawn by the manicured gardens, playgrounds and restaurants famous for a fish called mazgouf. Ten years ago, the park was home to a tribe of children like Fady al-Sadik in Alleruzzo's 2003 photo orphaned by the war and was rife with crime.

A lot of photographers are revisiting 2003 this week the year the U.S. invaded Iraq and sharing photos from the years of war that followed. Even more literally, Associated Press photographer Maya Alleruzzo revisited various sites photographed during the war to see what has changed and what hasn't.

One scene speaks volumes: Today, shoppers pass through a busy shopping district in Baghdad. But in the 2008 photo, taken by Hadi Mizban for AP, the sidewalk is covered in fresh stains from a bombing that killed 22 people.

Another notable retrospective is a new book by Michael Kamber, who covered the war for The New York Times, called Photojournalists On War a compilation of testimonies by photographers who covered Iraq (featured recently on The New York Times' Lens blog). NPR's own David Gilkey also looked back at the eve of the American invasion.

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