War is hell, and photographing war is pretty much the same. War photographers incur the same risks as soldiers. The only difference is, when bullets are being shot at them, their cameras can't return fire.
It's these hellish conditions that drove Ashley Gilbertson to name his book of photography from Iraq Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and rightfully so, becuase it's filled with tons of "What the fuck?" moments, including soldiers sliding down a grand bannister in Saddam's mansion or snapping pictures of dead bodies.
Ashley's pictures are a fresh look at wartime abroad and at home, alternately sad, funny, and outraging; one of his projects documents the domestic bedrooms of soldiers who have died in combat. Becuase of his work, Ashley has recieved many accolades, including the Robert Cappa Gold Medal and the National Magazine Award, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and of course, VICE. In short, he's one of today's most celebrated war journalists.
The good news is, for better or worse, if you're in or around Brooklyn tonight, you are not in a war zone. That means you are free to make your way down to the Brooklyn Brewery, drink a beer, and listen to our intrepid Editor-in-Chief, Rocco Castoro, speak with Ashley about the art and science of documenting the trappings of war. If you don't come, we're pretty sure the terrorists win.
Dec 4, 2013 at 7:30pm EST
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