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Portraits of Libya

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Barcelona- I finally was able to upload this Libya mash-up video I had been working on in NYC from here in Catalunya. For technical reasons beyond my knowledge or control, I was having a devil of a time getting the thing onto Youtube before. I had wanted to get this online before the Friends of Anton benefit event at Christies in Manhattan on May 15. Not that I had anything to do with the event of course, but I was one human degree of separation from Anton Hammerl and I simply thought it would be something nice to do. I’m off to the next conflagration in the shattered Republic of Mali and wanted to get this up beforehand.

This project is obviously not a documentary or scripted television package. These are memories from Libya in total upheaval in 2011. This is my Libya mash-up, dedicated to those photographers that arrived in Libya to tell its story and never made it out. I want to reiterate how grateful I am to the people of both eastern and western Libya. Without their immense hospitality this project would never have been possible. War throws people together in such an odd way who would otherwise likely never have met.

!الثورة والحرية

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May 22nd, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Frontline Libya: Watch Out Q Man, the Rebels Are Gunning For You

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Brega- Did a ridiculously exhausting trip to the town of Brega today, criss crossing the Sahara en route. It was a hot, loud, dangerous day. Don’t know how much longer I can go on pure adrenalin. This situation is being decided by Soviet weapons. The rebels have yet to conceive an ideology that I could suss out, maybe intellectuals in Benghazi are putting something together. Best quote of the day: “If NATO troops come in here, we will crush them after we crush Qaddafi.” Clearly they were on a bit of a high after routing the Q man’s forces. The situation here is one of hyper volatility and one of the more dangerous ones I have ever seen. Q man had jets flying over a hospital in Brega and I joked to a fellow journo, “I wonder if Q is respecting the Geneva Conventions?” It’s hard to conceive how Libya can be put back together again after this and it’s hard to discern what these men are fighting for other than the immediate overthrow of Q.

Written by derekhenryflood

March 2nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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