From Todd Krainin’s story on

In 2006, photojournalist Louie Palu quit his job and traveled to Afghanistan at his own risk and on his own dime. He had never covered a war before. Working without the support – or the constraints – of an editor meant that he was able to photograph with plenty of of artistic freedom. His images are stunning, and it’s no surprise that his series of portraits and panoramic black-and-white shots reveal an Afghanistan that looks very different from most press photography.

Palu is also producing The Durrani Kings, a documentary about his experiences photographing Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban.

Both Palu and (Michael) Kamber remain skeptical of the wars they witnessed. Broken promises and official censorship have led to a public that remains poorly informed about war’s devastating effects on ordinary civilians.

If truth is always the first casualty of war, the work of Kamber and Palu are attempts to correct the record.

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Browse Louie Palu’s work at ClampArt