Battlespace: Photographs from Iraq and Afghanistan

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Christoph Bangert

Christoph Bangert was born in a rural part of Western Germany in 1978. He studied photography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund and at the International Center of Photography, New York. He graduated from ICP in 2003. Bangert was a semi-professional rally driver for four years. In 2002 he shipped an old green Landrover from Germany to Buenos Aires and in six months, drove from Argentina, 22,000 miles to New York City. The pictures he took on this trip were published in his first book titled Travel Notes. (powerHouse 2007)

He has worked in Palestine, Japan, Chad/Darfur, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, the US, Lebanon, Nigeria and Iraq, where he spent about nine months in 2005 and 2006 on assignment for the New York Times. His work from that period is collected in IRAQ: The Space Between (powerHouse 2007) and IRAK: Schweigendes Land (Fackelträger Verlag 2008). His work has been published in Stern, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, GEO, Der Spiegel, Vice, Courrier International, Neon, Days Japan, Sports Illustrated, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Tagesanzeiger Zürich.

He has exhibited in Germany, New York and at the Musee de L'Elysee in Switzerland where he was selected as one of 50 emerging photographers in the world for an exhibit and book titled: reGeneration (Aperture 2006). The exhibition is currently traveling worldwide. He was chosen as one of PDN's 30 emerging photographers and for the 2007 Joop Swart Masterclass. He won a POYi Award of Excellence for an online multimedia presentation he did for the New York Times about his work in Iraq. In 2008 he won a Honorable Mention at the World Press Photo Award for a pictures from Afghanistan. Currently he is traveling with his Land Rover overland from Germany to South Africa and back.

Christoph Bangert is based in Brooklyn.

Iraqi army officers at a training camp south of Baghdad. Iraq 2005.
Iraqi army officers at a training camp south of Baghdad. Iraq 2005. Victim of sectarian violence. Iraq 2007.
Afghanistan 2007. A target on a firing range used by German NATO forces.