About the Book
Julie Dermansky’s Dispatches From Iraq: Five Months As An Embedded Journalist, originally published as blog entries, is now in book form with additional images and a forward by the artist. Dermansky followed a group of the Louisiana National Guard MPs, members of Task Force Gator, from New Orleans to Iraq to document them in action. What began as a three-week trip turned into a five-month odyssey. Her coverage expanded to include the work of the U. S. Army, The British Armed Forces and the Iraqi military. Her work offers a personal perspective on Iraq’s transition from war zone back to sovereign nation and insight into what it is like to be an embedded journalist."The best way to learn about war is to go to one," according to Dermansky. Her firsthand account of her experience focuses on details news articles leave out. She documents soldiers’ everyday experiences and her own, presenting a fresh look at the war in Iraq. 320 color images!
Julie Dermansky (b. 1966, New York City) is a transdisciplinary artist whose work is focused on documenting society’s impact on the natural world and social injustice. Her work raises awareness of environmental issues, and draws a connection between social injustice and climate change. She has documented the aftermath of earthquakes and storms, the military-industrial complex in Iraq, and the expansion of the industrial landscape across the country, uncovering information overlooked by the mainstream media. Dermansky is an affiliate scholar at the Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Her photographs have been published internationally, and her reports are published by The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Truthout, and the Desmog Blog, among others. Her series "Fracking in the USA" was screened at the 2015 Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan’s International Festival of Photojournalism.