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Van Kesteren, Geert (Photographer) & Hirsh, Michael (Contributor). WHY MISTER, WHY? : IRAQ 2003-2004. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Artimo Publishers, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 544 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. One of the most important photography books of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run of 3000 copies as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Mevis & Van Deursen and Marijke Cobbenhagen: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Geert van Kesteren. Text by Michael Hirsh. It is presented in both English and Arabic. Perforated page edges. Printed on glossy and uncoated stock papers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Geert van Kesteren's "Why Mister, Why?". One of the definitive photographic accounts on the Iraq War ever published. "For the most part of 2003 and 2004, Geert van Kesteren made these images in a struggling Iraq, intertwining them with his personal experience of the situation in diary-like notes. In that way, this body of work resonates with an honesty found only when the narrator and photographer of a story are one and the same. The situation in Iraq, following the declaration of 'Mission Accomplished', represented a culture clash of rare proportions, and van Kesteren was witness to what went wrong. He saw clouds of sadness coming from the mass graves created by the Saddam regime while Shiites enjoyed their awakening freedom. Embedded within the ranks of American troops, he witnessed disgraceful raids on Iraqi citizens. These accounts are presented here for the reader to see, feel, and try to understand. In a clear photojournalistic way, van Kesteren outlines why it will take a long time before the Iraqi people can enjoy the semblance of peace" (Publisher's blurb). The eponymous plaintive query, asked of the Dutch photojournalist by an Iraqi war victim, is also the very same question Geert van Kesteren (and all other conscience-stricken Westerners) must and do ask. An absolute "must-have" title for Geert van Kesteren collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the 2004 true First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. 250 color plates. Geert van Kesteren's "Why Mister, Why?" and "Baghdad Calling" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GEERT VAN KESTEREN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9085460093. $300.00

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