'War Is Only Half the Story' — 10 years of the Aftermath Project

Yahoo News Photo Staff

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 ArredondoNina Berman, Andrea Bruce, Gwenn DubourthoumieuJim Goldberg, Natela GrigalashviliStanley Greene, Jessica HinesOlga IngurazovaAndrew LichtensteinJustyna Mielnikiewicz, David MonteleoneCarlos 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

War Is Only Half the Story,” released by The Aftermath ProjectDewi Lewis Publishing, will be available Feb. 19.

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<p>“Refugees of Georgian Villages”: Sisters, Kaspi, Georgia, 2005. (© Natela Grigalashvili from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Natela Grigalashvili: Special $2,500 grant, 2008

“Refugees of Georgian Villages”: Sisters, Kaspi, Georgia, 2005. (© Natela Grigalashvili from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Scars of Independence”: Anukhva, Abkhazia. 2013. An unguided missile launching mount, left in an Orthodox church destroyed during the war. (© Olga Ingurazova from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Olga Ingurazova: Finalist, 2014

“Scars of Independence”: Anukhva, Abkhazia. 2013. An unguided missile launching mount, left in an Orthodox church destroyed during the war. (© Olga Ingurazova from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Surviving Wounded Knee”: Horse races at the Oglala Lakota Nation Pow Wow, Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D. Lakotas celebratetraditional life throughout late summer with sun dances, pow wows, and horse races across the reservation. Pine Ridge sits in the poorest region of America, but is nonetheless a part of the country that is rich with culture and traditional life. (© Danny Wilcox Frazier from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Danny Wilcox Frazier: Grant winner, 2010

“Surviving Wounded Knee”: Horse races at the Oglala Lakota Nation Pow Wow, Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D. Lakotas celebratetraditional life throughout late summer with sun dances, pow wows, and horse races across the reservation. Pine Ridge sits in the poorest region of America, but is nonetheless a part of the country that is rich with culture and traditional life. (© Danny Wilcox Frazier from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Acknowledgment of Danger”: Luis Lopez Cemetery, Socorro County, N.M., April 2, 2016. Luis Lopez is a town in one of four counties being studied for health impacts resulting from radiation fallout from the 1945 Trinity atomic test. Unlike residents of Nevada and Utah, those in New Mexico have never been acknowledged or covered under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Luis Lopez residents say dozens of people in the cemetery died of cancer and wonder if it was linked to the Trinity test. Residents within 150 miles of the Trinity site show higher incidents of cancer than in other parts of New Mexico, according to a health impact study released in 2017 by the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. (© Nina Berman from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Nina Berman: Grant winner, 2016

“Acknowledgment of Danger”: Luis Lopez Cemetery, Socorro County, N.M., April 2, 2016. Luis Lopez is a town in one of four counties being studied for health impacts resulting from radiation fallout from the 1945 Trinity atomic test. Unlike residents of Nevada and Utah, those in New Mexico have never been acknowledged or covered under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Luis Lopez residents say dozens of people in the cemetery died of cancer and wonder if it was linked to the Trinity test. Residents within 150 miles of the Trinity site show higher incidents of cancer than in other parts of New Mexico, according to a health impact study released in 2017 by the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. (© Nina Berman from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Hidden Scars”: Bamut, Chechnia, 2013. A scarecrow and his guard dog watch over the village of Bamut, which was always a rebel stronghold, and was the last village to fall to Russian forces. The entire village was leveled by the Russian military. Bamut is near the Chechen border with neighboring Ingushetia, which lies to the west of Chechnya. In April 2014, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov sent forces on a cross-border raid into Ingushetia. A few years previously, he sent forces on a similar raid into Dagestan, to the east. Kadyrov’s Pan-Caucasus ambitions are making his neighbors uneasy. (© Stanley Greene/Noor Images from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Stanley Greene: Grant winner, 2013

“Hidden Scars”: Bamut, Chechnia, 2013. A scarecrow and his guard dog watch over the village of Bamut, which was always a rebel stronghold, and was the last village to fall to Russian forces. The entire village was leveled by the Russian military. Bamut is near the Chechen border with neighboring Ingushetia, which lies to the west of Chechnya. In April 2014, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov sent forces on a cross-border raid into Ingushetia. A few years previously, he sent forces on a similar raid into Dagestan, to the east. Kadyrov’s Pan-Caucasus ambitions are making his neighbors uneasy. (© Stanley Greene/Noor Images from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Everybody Needs a Good Neighbor”: Colombia, Feb. 17, 2014. Angél 14, and Daniel (right), 16, members of the ELN Che Guevara Front, pose for a picture at their camp in Choc. The Che Guevara Front operates on the Pacific coast of Colombia, patrolling important corridors to allow the export of cocaine to the Pacific Ocean and into Mexico. (© Juan Arredondo from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Juan Arredondo: Finalist, 2016

“Everybody Needs a Good Neighbor”: Colombia, Feb. 17, 2014. Angél 14, and Daniel (right), 16, members of the ELN Che Guevara Front, pose for a picture at their camp in Choc. The Che Guevara Front operates on the Pacific coast of Colombia, patrolling important corridors to allow the export of cocaine to the Pacific Ocean and into Mexico. (© Juan Arredondo from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Home Front”: U.S. Marine Lt. Cpl. Damon “Commie” Connell, 20, after a patrol in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, at Forward Operating Base Apache North. Damon is from Las Vegas, and this was his first tour of Afghanistan. (© Louie Palu/ZUMA Press from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Louie Palu: Grant winner 2009

“Home Front”: U.S. Marine Lt. Cpl. Damon “Commie” Connell, 20, after a patrol in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, at Forward Operating Base Apache North. Damon is from Las Vegas, and this was his first tour of Afghanistan. (© Louie Palu/ZUMA Press from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Toy Soldiers”: Toy soldiers, Budraiga No. 2, Polisario soldiers in Western Sahara. “Toy Soldiers” is a unique collaboration between a military commander and an artist in the creation of an allegory of modern warfare that stages real soldiers, posed as toy soldiers, in an investigation into the impact, legacy and dehumanizing effects of war. The series is set in Western Sahara, an invisible conflict stuck within a paradigm of postcolonial conflict for more than 40 years. (© Simon Brann Thorpe from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Simon Brann Thorpe: Finalist, 2011

“Toy Soldiers”: Toy soldiers, Budraiga No. 2, Polisario soldiers in Western Sahara. “Toy Soldiers” is a unique collaboration between a military commander and an artist in the creation of an allegory of modern warfare that stages real soldiers, posed as toy soldiers, in an investigation into the impact, legacy and dehumanizing effects of war. The series is set in Western Sahara, an invisible conflict stuck within a paradigm of postcolonial conflict for more than 40 years. (© Simon Brann Thorpe from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“Raped Lives”: This couple has benefited from mediation work by the women activists of AFPDE, an NGO that provides medical aid to rape victims. The wife was raped by several men who came to punish her husband. She said, “When my husband returned home, I told everything to him. He did not react, did not say a word and took me to the hospital. I believed that he was angry with me. I was suddenly afraid that he would abandon me. But instead, he took me to the police and encouraged me to tell everything.” (© Gwenn Dubourthoumieu from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Gwenn Dubourthoumieu: Finalist, 2013

“Raped Lives”: This couple has benefited from mediation work by the women activists of AFPDE, an NGO that provides medical aid to rape victims. The wife was raped by several men who came to punish her husband. She said, “When my husband returned home, I told everything to him. He did not react, did not say a word and took me to the hospital. I believed that he was angry with me. I was suddenly afraid that he would abandon me. But instead, he took me to the police and encouraged me to tell everything.” (© Gwenn Dubourthoumieu from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>“American Memory”: Montgomery, Ala., 2011. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of President Jefferson Davis, Civil War reenactors hold a rally in downtown Montgomery, the first capitol of the Confederacy. Perhaps by coincidence, these women, waiting for the rally to begin, are sitting on a park bench where Rosa Parks boarded the city bus she was arrested on in 1955, which helped launch the civil rights movement. (© Andrew Lichtenstein from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
Andrew Lichtenstein: Grant winner, 2012

“American Memory”: Montgomery, Ala., 2011. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of President Jefferson Davis, Civil War reenactors hold a rally in downtown Montgomery, the first capitol of the Confederacy. Perhaps by coincidence, these women, waiting for the rally to begin, are sitting on a park bench where Rosa Parks boarded the city bus she was arrested on in 1955, which helped launch the civil rights movement. (© Andrew Lichtenstein from “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

<p>Book jacket of “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing. (© The Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing) </p>
‘War Is Only Half the Story’

Book jacket of “War Is Only Half the Story,” the Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing. (© The Aftermath Project & Dewi Lewis Publishing)

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