The Man From Fallujah


General Photography

“Bilal Hussein began his Associated Press career with a burst of jarring pictures from Fallujah. The first photo with his credit on it, dated Sept. 12, 2004, shows masked insurgents holding RPG launchers and posing with a downed U.S. military drone. The next day, he photographed the wreckage of a Red Crescent ambulance, identified in the caption as being destroyed in a U.S. air strike. Later that week, he took photos of wounded children said to be victims of a U.S. attack. ‘His pictures were stunning and honest, but completely at odds with the U.S. government portrayal of conditions in Iraq at the time,’ says Jim MacMillan, a former AP photographer who, like Hussein, was part of the Iraq photo team that shared the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.” (story) Also see this story: “Under U.S. military interrorgation, Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein was blindfolded for nine days, given an offer to become a paid informant within the AP, and told, ‘Your photos pose a threat to us,’ according to a report by his attorney.”