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Hello all,

Newsmotion began with a philosophy of empowering quality independent content and independent voices, and placing them in context. In the next couple weeks, we’ll be sharing an alpha version of our 3-column interface that streams and sorts content by source: “Official,” “Unofficial/independent media” and “Citizen”. We will send an update with that soon.

Today we are proud to present an original text and photo essay from photojournalist Kael Alford, who recently returned to Iraq, where she has worked on and off since the U.S. invasion in 2003. In this piece for Newsmotion, The Price of Work: Iraqi Women in Public and Private, Kael’s beautiful and intimate photos (see below) illustrate the public and private lives and struggles of working women in Iraq, and explores the role religion is playing since the American occupation ended. 

We would also like to thank the Knight Luce fellowship on Media and Religion for its support of this important independent work. 

We also encourage you to look at Unembedded, the photo book Kael produced in Iraq with three other photographers, all of whom worked independently to cover the conflict through the eyes of Iraqis. Kael’s new book, Bottom of da Boot, about communities threatened by erosion on the coast of Louisiana, will be released by Fall Line Press in June, 2012, alongside an exhibition of that same work at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on June 9th, 2012 as part of their “Picturing the South” commission series.


From: The Price of Work: Iraqi Women in Public and Private, at

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