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International images in Alaska Quarterly Review get full-size treatment at APU

Fir Ahamad, 30, (right) and his brother Noor, 40, in a refugee camp in Bangladesh in 2009. Fir suffers from an unknown illness that causes severe joint pain.
Photo by Giles Duley
Baghdad, Iraq, March 2009. Rena was nine months pregnant when her and her youngest sister were caught in a U.S. forces aerial strike in 2008. The two were holding hands as they walked through Sadr City. Rena's leg was torn off and her unborn infant and sister were killed in the attack.
Photo by Farah Nosh
A portrait from the series "Listen".
Photo by Newsha Tavakolian
Dana and Elliot, waiting for Dana to go into labor with their second child, in Troy, N.Y., June, 2011.
Photo by Brenda Ann Kenneally
Ahouatcha Mahinou at the Maison du Combattant in Cotonou, Benin, 1991.
Photo by Lori Grinker
Female members of Charles Taylor's armed forces stand guard in the town of Ganta, which has just been recaptured from rebels. Ganta, Liberia, 2003.
Young girls leave a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) to gather firewood, in Drfur, Sudan. For some the work will take more than 7 hours and lead them past government checkpoints and leave them exposed to attacks from militants and bandits. Girls as young as 8 have been raped, attacked and killed on such errands.
Photo by: Ron Haviv / VII

A photo essay titled "Liberty and Justice (for All): A Global Mosaic" ran in the spring and summer 2012 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. The collection of images by leading international photojournalists, several with connections to Alaska, honored the contributors' colleagues, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, killed last year while documenting the civil war in Libya.

In the paperback-size literary journal, the photos necessarily ran small. There was a one-time slide show of the collection at the Anchorage Museum and exhibits of the photos themselves have taken place in New York.

This month, Alaskans have the chance to see the photos full-size. They are on display at Alaska Pacific University's galleries in the Carr Gottstein Building and Grant Hall.

Since the photos' publication in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Benjamin Spatz, son of the founding editor and organizer of the photo essay, has been named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the "99 Under 33," by the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs magazine based in Washington, D.C., and a nonprofit group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

"Liberty and Justice" features 68 images in a range of subject treatments from all around the world. Photographers who submitted work were able to select which of their photos they wanted to include and asked to supply a short essay about the picture and how it addressed the idea presented in the title of the exhibit.

Several pictures in the collection were previously published in the Daily News. In conjunction with the opening of the show at APU, this issue showcases some of the portraits in the show.

 


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