Andrea Bruce is an Indiana native and an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After shooting as a staff photographer for The Concord Monitor and The St. Petersburg Times, she joined the staff of The Washington Post where she began to chronicle the world’s most troubled areas. She has won many awards for her work, including top honors from the National Pictures of the Year competition, the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year three times), and the prestigious John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. (Bio taken from Bruce’s website: www.andreabruce.com)
Currently based in Baghdad, Bruce writes a weekly column for The Washington Post called Unseen Iraq. Her column, which is displayed in blog format on the Washington Post website, shows some very different aspects of life in Iraq which are truly “unseen”. After viewing the images alone I got a more complete picture of life in Iraq–you won’t find the usual gloom and doom. The writing is very creative and easy to read, as one commenter notes:
Many of these posts are like poems. I have, for a few years now, read the blogs of Iraqis and researched the country for a film about Iraqi refugees, and Andrea Bruce’s articles and photographs are the most insightful and touching I have found anywhere about everyday life in Iraq.
We don’t know how long she’ll be based in the Middle East, but while she is we can all enjoy a fresh and inspiring perspective on life in Iraq. Check our her latest contributions (updated automatically):