Donald Weber | War is Good*

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Country of origin: Canada
Project location: Iraq
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2012

The protracted Iraq War in 2003 had numerous  consequences for that country’s people. One of them was unexpected and triumphant: the Kurds of northern Iraq, an Indo-­‐European Islamic tribal people, suddenly     found themselves in possession of their own fate after centuries of oppression. The Iraqi Kurds, about six million, have taken the opportunity of the lull in hostilities to open new businesses, educate their children, and look to a sea of social  opportunity. An autonomous republic was born in the smoking crater of war.

Donald Webber photographs the autonomous republic of Kurdistan in Iraq as he questions the concept of war as a permanent artifact and true sign of evolving high technology and its disruptive social powers.