“War Is Only Half the Story” (Dewi Lewis Publishing) is a 10-year retrospective of the work of the groundbreaking documentary photography program the Aftermath Project, founded by Sara Terry in 2008 to support postconflict storytelling by some of the world’s finest photographers. To mark its 10th anniversary, the Aftermath Project has published a special volume (the ninth in its acclaimed book program) featuring the work of more than 50 photographers from 15 countries who were winners and finalists in its yearly grant competition from 2008 to 2016.
These outstanding photojournalists, among them Juan Arredondo, Nina Berman, Andrea Bruce, Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, Jim Goldberg, Natela Grigalashvili, Stanley Greene, Jessica Hines, Olga Ingurazova, Andrew Lichtenstein, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, David Monteleone, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Louie Palu, Andrew Stanbridge, Simon Brann Thorpe and Danny Wilcox Frazier, are committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace.
Terry writes about the anniversary book’s unique concept: “We decided on a fresh approach to the conversation. Instead of a chronological overview of the decade of work that we have supported, designer Teun van der Heijden and I drew on two poems by Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska. … Using her postconflict verbal imagery, we created five themes for the book, and then edited from across our rich archives of 53 grant winners and finalists. With Szymborska’s words to guide us … we let the images speak to each other. … I believe we’ve created a dialogue that’s never been heard before, a postconflict visual symphony, one that invites you to listen over and over again.”
“War Is Only Half the Story“ includes an introduction by Terry, two poems by Szymborska — “The End and the Beginning” and “Reality Demands” — and insightful texts by photographer Donald Weber and American literary critic and translator Clare Cavanagh that provide further context for the project.
Photography by Natela Grigalashvili, Olga Ingurazova, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Nina Berman, Stanley Greene, Juan Arredondo, Louie Palu, Simon Brann Thorpe, Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, Andrew Lichtenstein from “War Is Only Half The Story,” The Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing