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Iraq: Images of War

Iraqi boy cheers as a statue of Saddam Hussein is set ablaze April 12, 2003.
Iraqi boy cheers as a statue of Saddam Hussein is set ablaze April 12, 2003.

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The experiences and emotions of the men, women and children behind the headlines of the war in Iraq have been captured in striking photographs being exhibited this month.

Proud Galleries has teamed up with Getty Images and Agence France-Presse (AFP) to produce an exhibition in London that depicts the extent of the devastation and destruction in Iraq.

"Iraq - Uncensored," which includes photographs previously unseen by the public, is a pictorial history of the recent events in Iraq as seen through the lens of some of the world's best photojournalists.

More than 150 images have been selected by picture editor Michael Rand, from the combined archives of two of the largest news agencies in the world, Getty Images and AFP.

They encompass the diversity of human emotions associated with the war -- such as fear, desperation and, in some cases, elation. The photographs show that, in spite of the war, people attempt to carry on as normal; children play in the rubble and a family celebrates a marriage.

The exhibition features the photographs of the fall of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad, the flames rising from burning oil fields and the bombing of Saddam's palace. They also show soldiers in combat, world leaders in conferences and Iraqis fleeing their homes.

"The images tell a powerful story and challenge our emotions and our thinking. The role of the photojournalist continues to play a crucial part in documenting the events of history," said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and chief executive officer of Getty Images.

"This is testament to our photographers' dedication to capturing key news events and their success in communicating the reality of the front line."

Some of the profit from ticket sales will be donated to The Rory Peck Trust, a charity that promotes the work, safety and security of freelance journalists and supports their relatives killed in the war.

"Many freelance journalists and photographers place themselves at enormous risk in their attempts to report events that shape our history," explains Warwick Woodhouse from Getty Images.

The exhibition is being held at Proud Central, 5 Buckingham Street, from July 31 until August 30.


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