Acclaimed war photographer Sean Smith has covered all the major conflicts of the past few years, from the Middle East to the Congo. Frontlines brings together some of his finest work, and offers both a chronicle of major flashpoints and a unique insight into modern warfare and its aftermath.
Starting with the violence that erupted in Bethlehem in 2000, when Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers, Smith moves on to provide fascinating and poignant glimpses of life in Afghanistan, and bears witness to the devastation wrought in Lebanon by the 2006 Israeli bombardment and to the scenes of chaos in the Congo caused by government clashes with Tutsi rebels.
But it is to Iraq that Smith returns again and again. He shows us a society striving to hold itself together in the months leading up to the invasion of 2003. He follows the progress of troops battling against opposition and sectarian attack. And he records the 2007 Shia uprisings and the US military siege that sought to contain them.
This is an extraordinary record of over a decade of conflict and a worthy contribution to the great tradition of war photography.
An exhibition of Sean Smith's work will be shown at the Kings Place Gallery, N1 9AG until September 30th 2011. For more information, click here.