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Huda Halawachy: Picturing American War on Iraq: A Visual Discourse Analysis of Decoding ‘Death’ in the Photojournalist’s Lenses For me, the strength of photography lies in
Huda Halawachy: Picturing American War on Iraq: A Visual Discourse Analysis of Decoding ‘Death’ in the Photojournalist’s Lenses
For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite (James Nachtwey) (https://www.quotes.net/mquote/102671) Death, though certain , is horrible and scary when it comes to the fact that it is due to war and armed conflict for decades in a spot like Iraq! That said , people relate war to history through photography(Topbaş 2011).The current paper fundamentally is a portal to mirroring the photojournalist’s shots in making-meaning of death by letting audience to read what is unspeakable in photos. A collection of photos captured by three World Press Prizes winners photojournalists – Lynsey Addario ,Adam Ferguson ,and Ivor Prickett – were analysed focusing on their gallaries of photos on American war in Iraq. Focusing on traumatic events as war and conflict,Lynsey echoes that “I choose to live in peace and witness war – to experience the worst in people but to remember the beauty (https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lynsey_addario_715377).
Doing visual discourse analysis in photos ,though of different war eras in Iraq, semiotic approach is radically adopted in the analytical part so as breaking the code of Death in the selected photos .Icons and symbols are potentially workable clues for themetizing death in accordance with a variety of issues in a place of the world which is devastated thoroughly. It is the bombarded questions on which the current study is based : (1)Is it the shut that nearly kills the photojournalist being in the front line making them feel a momentum death as the causalities ? ,(2) Is the photojournalist’s role in war an eyewitness of the causalities’ physical bloody death or there could be other hidden deaths that could be decoded in the shots ?, and(3) Are the camera’s shots reliable enough to speak the messages on death in wartime? The study transpired a variety of death in the iconic and symbolic shuts in American war in Iraq. Other academic shots for future works on visual discourse , I remain capturing ! It is not the awards which the war photojournalist gets ,the humanity they raised,as a global issue, is a way to conceptualize death in the new millennium. I could read this between Adam’s lines when being awarded a World Press Award for one of his shots in Afghanistan saying: “When I won a World Press award for this photograph, I felt sad. People were congratulating me and there was a celebration over this intense tragedy that I had captured. I reconciled it by deciding that more people see a story when a photographer’s work is decorated” (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/jun/18/war-photographers-special-report ).
Speakers for this event
I am from Mosul , Nineveh in Iraq. My first challenge started on posting a questionnaire on http://www.iraqihopes.blogspot.com where American native speakers were recruited to be her respondents for my PhD Dissertation , though it was risky! My methodology in using online questionnaire investigating American culture was the first attempt in Mosul, if not in Iraq!Last year was the top of her arena; I joined a variety of global associations and societies as The International Ecolinguistics Association in England , Japan ,and Nigeria and The International Association for Promoting Geoethics. I worked as an editorial board member in academic journals in Canada and America and in the board of reviewers in some Scopus Indexed journals in Turkey and Jordan . My participation in international conferences was so distinguished recently as in France ,England(as delegated honored participant), Denmark , and the United States. National workshops and international ones are my cup of tea either. Being innovative among my peers, I never stop digging in virgin areas in discourse analysis , pragmatics , children’s literature , semiotics , biosemiotics , and ecolinguistics. I never plays an ostrich!As I lived every single moment in the three-year disaster and later the savage war in her city Mosul, she tells the world that we are still alive ,world ! Her article “Learning from a War”. International Teacher Magazine. October Edition(2018) (Published by Cons ilium Education) https://consiliumeducation.com/itm/2018/08/30/lessons-of-war/. My participation is to fill a gap in my specialty , as my paper is the pioneer in the sphere of Discourse Analusis of war photography.Added to this the , the concept f death in a war -zone area like Iraq is not fully grasped by the world.Unseen and unposted photos of the war anguish in Iraq for decades now.