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Liberty and Justice (For All): A Global Photo Mosaic

Nissrine, an immigrant to the Netherlands from Morocco, reads an application form for a citizenship course in Utrecht in 2007. This portrait is a re-imagining of Dutch painter Jan Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.”
Jan Banning / photo
Dana and Elliot, waiting for Dana to go into labor with their second child, in Troy, N.Y, June, 2011.
Brenda Ann Kenneally photo
Memunatu Mansaray imitates the Statue of Liberty, America’s symbol of freedom, during a charity boat tour. She came to the United States with a group of Sierra Leonean war amputees to receive prosthetic limbs in 2000. They had endured rebel brutality, but their vitality and spirit remained intact.
Carol Guzy / Freelance photo
In 2005 Liberia held its first elections since the end of the 14-year civil war. In this image, an excited Liberian woman casts her ballot for president. Women turned out in large numbers and were instrumental in Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s victory, Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state.
Benjamin J. Spatz photo
Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol the picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Once a tourist hotspot, the only visitors to this magnificent landscape these days are Indian soldiers.
Ami Vitale photo
Alaska Dispatch

For the last 30 years, Alaska Quarterly Review has been a quiet giant in the Alaska arts scene -- it has earned praise and accolades not only for itself but for many of its author and poet contributors. On Wednesday at the Anchorage museum, AQR will unveil its latest achievement, a collection of photographs from 68 well-known contributors commemorating the one-year anniversary of the deaths of renowned photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment during the overthrow of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya.

The special project, titled “Liberty and Justice (For All): A Global Photo Mosaic,” is a powerful collection of images, chronicling personal and political conflicts around the world, from the U.S. to Pakistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo and many more. Some of the images are uplifting, some are violent, many are haunting.

The talent includes everyone from Pulitzer Prize winners to Alaskan photographers. Benjamin Spatz -- son of AQR editor Ronald Spatz and who guest-edited the special section -- said that all the contributors reacted with “incredible enthusiasm” when contacted about the project, which he said reflects the values that Hetherington and Hondros.

“One of the things that Tim and Chris did was really inspire young photographers and everyone to find their own voice,” Ben said.

Read more, here.