When journalist Paulien Bakker and photographer Marieke van der Velden visited Baghdad again for a report they noticed that Iraq is so much more than what we see of it in the newspapers and on television.
The media focuses exclusively on men with rifles in pickup trucks and bomb blasts. But when you turn the camera just a few degrees away from these images, you can see that life goes on despite the violence and the presence of foreign troops.

The film and photoseries shows a much neglected side of Baghdad.

These movies was shown in Baghdad during TED X Baghdad tedxbaghdad.com

To view the photos; mariekevandervelden.com/reportage-baghdad-today . This series was also published on Lens Blog from New York Times; lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/life-in-baghdad-an-intimate-portrait/

More info about this project;
dailylifeinbaghdad.tumblr.com

(Paulien Bakker has covered Iraq as an independent journalist since 2008. Her book 'a romantic people' about the rich city of Kirkuk, was published in 2010.)

Thanks to
Edit; Michael Horvers
Post production; postoffice.nl
Voice; claireking.com

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