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Bearing Witness: Five Years of Reporting War in Iraq
(c)REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic. The Reuters exhibition 'Bearing Witness' takes place at Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch from 9th April - 4th May.


LONDON.-Idea Generation launches new gallery with an exhibition of unflinching images from Reuters to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Through five years of brutal war, a team of 100 Reuters correspondents, photographers, cameramen and support staff have strived to bring continuous news to the world from the most dangerous conflict in the history of war reporting. A powerful new exhibition, opening on 9th April at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch, provides a dramatic retrospective of the war through the testimony of Reuters journalists on the frontline.

The exhibition combines news photography, compelling video and information graphics for rich visual story telling through the conflict. It provides a revealing insight into the daily obstacles faced by reporters on the ground. It also incorporates the experiences of Reuters journalists, including Alastair Macdonald and Samia Nakhoul - who was seriously injured when a US shell hit the bureau the day before the fall of Baghdad, and who broke the story of orphan “Little Ali” who lost both arms in a missile attack.

Set in the spacious new venue of the Idea Generation Gallery, the exhibition extends across the two floors of the gallery. This is the first exhibition to launch at the Public Relations agency’s new space. Hector Proud, MD of Idea Generation commented: “This is such a powerful, bold and moving exhibition; we are thrilled to be working with Reuters to launch the gallery”.

Jassim Ahmad, Head of Visual Projects at Reuters said: “This is a tribute to 125 journalists who have died in the conflict, including seven colleagues, and testament to the bravery and tenacity of those who have born witness through half a decade of conflict”.

Samia Nakhoul has reported from the Middle East for almost twenty years. She is an expert on its complex politics and religious dimensions. Key stories she has covered include the Lebanese civil war, the 1990 Gulf War, the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. While covering the latter she was severely injured when a tank shell hit the Palestine Hotel, the headquarters for international journalists, and had to undergo brain surgery in a Baghdad hospital. Samia has broken many major stories. She was the first journalist to visit and write the story of Ali Abbas Ismaeel (‘Little Ali’), the 12-year old boy who lost both arms when a missile obliterated his home and orphaned him. Her story was picked up by the press globally. Samia is now based in London as Middle East News Editor.

Alistair Macdonald joined Reuters in London in 1990 as financial reporter. He worked in Paris as Senior Economics Correspondent (1991-95) before moving to Moscow (1995-99), where he mostly covered the Chechen war, Central Asia and Russian politics. In Berlin, he was Chief Political Correspondent (1999-2001) before taking the post of Editor-in-Charge at the Reuters World Desk in London (2001-05). Alistair spent five months in Iraq between 2003-05 before becoming Iraq Bureau Chief (June 2005-Feb 2007). From April 2007, he has worked in the post of Bureau Chief for Israel and Palestinian Territories.

The Reuters exhibition 'Bearing Witness' takes place at Idea Generation Gallery, Shoreditch from 9th April - 4th May.





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