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Van Kesteren, Geert (Photographer) & Various Contributors. BAGHDAD CALLING: REPORTS FROM TURKEY, SYRIA, JORDAN AND IRAQ. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Episode Publishing, 2008. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 388 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. 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 as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Episode Publishing: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Geert van Kesteren. His "professional" photographs are interspersed with cellphone images by Iraqi-refugee "amateurs" to maximum effect. Printed on newsprint stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is gritty and exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Geert van Kesteren's "Baghdad Calling: Reports From Turkey, Syria, Jordan And Iraq". His brilliant sequel to "Why Mister, Why?", devoted to the aftermath of the devastating Iraq War. "Shows the disorienting reality of war-torn Iraq as he chronicles the lives of ordinary Iraqi people living in Baghdad, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Combines Van Kesteren's professionally photographed images with the stories of Iraqis in their own words, and hundreds of cellphone pictures and digital snapshots, taken by the Iraqis themselves. Some reveal places that journalists dare not tread. Others are a vivid chronicle of day-to-day life, as likely to show a beloved pet or two best girlfriends as the aftermath of a bombing attack" (Publisher's blurb). It seemed as though the achievement of "Why Mister, Why?" could not be repeated. Yet it cried out for a serious "follow-up". So here it is, another masterpiece of photographic reportage from the front lines. An absolute "must-have" title for Geert van Kesteren collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of few copies of the 2008 true First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Hundreds of 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 9059730836. $150.00

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