Elders by Christopher Barker

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A couple of Iraqi Kurds sit outside a cafe on one of the streets in Dahuk, a northern Iraqi city. This area (what the locals refer to as Kurdistan – as an autonomous region) was where the initial uprising to overthrow Sadaam in the first Gulf War took place but was squelched by Sadaam’s Royal Guard. This go around the Kurds were much more reluctant to first assist American forces, but have become valuable allies.

Dahuk, Iraq

Circa 2006

A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • brigusser
    brigusserover 5 years ago


  • Thank you sir. This was shot on the move, no time to waiver…

    – Christopher Barker

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