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Date Grove, Haifa Street, Baghdad

Date Grove, Haifa Street, Baghdad


Simon Norfolk

(British, b. 1963)

Chromogenic process color print

Image: 48.6 x 60.8 cm (19 1/8 x 23 15/16 in.); Paper: 58.5 x 70.7 cm (23 1/16 x 27 13/16 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)

The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2008.162


In his explorations of war, Norfolk seeks to capture its impact on humanity and the environment. In this image, the peaceful, sun-drenched date grove belies the presence of conflict. Shadowed on the ground, however, are spent shells, abandoned boots, and a crumpled tarpaulin. Norfolk sees it as his duty to make the viewer examine the scene more closely and recognize its true nature: a site of war.

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