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Baghdad After the Storm

Lynsey Addario

Created: 2011

Moviegoers thrill to shaking seats and wind machines during a 3-D film at a theater closed during the war.

From wovexhibition.org:

For years most of the images of Iraq in the mainstream media have shown bombings, death, and destruction. National Geographic sent Addario to photograph scenes of a recovering country. She set out to capture something positive and fun. “I wanted to show people just losing themselves in the moment in a place that had suffered so much.”

On the grounds of an amusement park she used to visit for a break from the chaos of Baghdad in 2004, Addario discovered a new 4-D cinema. Audience members don 3-D glasses, their seats shake, and they are buffeted by gusts of wind and sprayed by water. Addario visited the theater several times before capturing this image: “It was so dark I could barely photograph. Even with the light of the movie, I could barely take photos and my exposure was incredibly long.”

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