Yes, Charlie’s Angels.
(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s Best Photo Blogs — also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and BAG via email.

Yes, Charlie’s Angels.

(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)

Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s Best Photo Blogs — also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and BAG via email.

Tags #Iraq    #Iraq war    #media    #photography    #photojournalism    #Baghdad    #Iraq army    #news   

Bag’s Take-Away:
As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s Best Photo Blogs — also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and BAG via email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)

Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s Best Photo Blogs — also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and BAG via email.

Tags #Iraq    #Iraq war    #sports    #war    #news    #politics    #media    #photojournalism   

Bag’s Take-Away:
When the extraordinary becomes ordinary.
via  Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day
(credit:  Alaa al-Marjani/Associated Press  caption: CAUTIOUS: A police officer passed a metal detector across the coffin of Hussein Ahmed at a checkpoint as the body arrived for burial amid a sandstorm in Najaf, Iraq, Thursday. Mr. Ahmed was killed in Baghdad in a wave of morning bombings across several cities that left at least 30 people dead.)
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

When the extraordinary becomes ordinary.

via Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day

(credit: Alaa al-Marjani/Associated Press caption: CAUTIOUS: A police officer passed a metal detector across the coffin of Hussein Ahmed at a checkpoint as the body arrived for burial amid a sandstorm in Najaf, Iraq, Thursday. Mr. Ahmed was killed in Baghdad in a wave of morning bombings across several cities that left at least 30 people dead.)

Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:
As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child. 
via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures
(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP  caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.) 
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child.

via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.)

Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

As two soldiers in the Kuwait desert celebrate America’s withdrawal from Iraq, this shot, by Getty’s Mario Tama, might be closest we’ll get to the Times Square kiss.  


(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: Specialist Ashley Walter (L) hugs Staff Sergeant Diana Royal from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division after Royal arrived in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq on December 18, 2011 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence)
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

As two soldiers in the Kuwait desert celebrate America’s withdrawal from Iraq, this shot, by Getty’s Mario Tama, might be closest we’ll get to the Times Square kiss.

(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: Specialist Ashley Walter (L) hugs Staff Sergeant Diana Royal from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division after Royal arrived in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq on December 18, 2011 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence)

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Tags #Iraq    #Iraq withdrawal    #Mario Tama    #Getty Images    #photography    #photojournalism    #news    #war    #Iraq war   

Bag’s Take-Away:

Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.


(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.

(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email

.

Tags #Illustration    #art    #photography    #news    #war    #photojournalism    #Iraq war    #Iraq withdrawal   

Bag’s Take-Away:

Before skipping over the perfunctory Veep travelogue “Biden in Iraq” slideshow on the White House website, keep in mind we’re being offered a first-hand look at America’s new embassy/mega-buck mega-fortress. 

More pics (I like the night shot with the helmet lamps) at the show.


(photo: David Lienemann/White House caption: Vice President Joe Biden walks to his helicopter at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2011.)
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

Before skipping over the perfunctory Veep travelogue “Biden in Iraq” slideshow on the White House website, keep in mind we’re being offered a first-hand look at America’s new embassy/mega-buck mega-fortress.

More pics (I like the night shot with the helmet lamps) at the show.

(photo: David Lienemann/White House caption: Vice President Joe Biden walks to his helicopter at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2011.)

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:
Remember this? Sure felt good (for those waging the “war-on-terror” and art-directing the newsstand edition) when TIME X’d Zarqawi in June of ‘06. Only thing is, Monday’s country-wide attacks in Iraq reduces that military spend to one mammoth case of whack-a-mole.
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:

Remember this? Sure felt good (for those waging the “war-on-terror” and art-directing the newsstand edition) when TIME X’d Zarqawi in June of ‘06. Only thing is, Monday’s country-wide attacks in Iraq reduces that military spend to one mammoth case of whack-a-mole.

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us at: BagNewsNotes; BAG Twitter; BAG Facebook; Bag by Email.

Bag’s Take-Away:
Things that make you go hmmm…..the new general of the Iraqi Special Operations force lives in Saddam’s old palace. He’s a “good” Iraqi, apparently.  I guess the irony of the pose under his own painting is a bit lost on him. A “meet the new boss” sort of picture.
NYT slideshow.
—————
Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us: BagNewsNotes. BAG Twitter. BAG Facebook.

Bag’s Take-Away:

Things that make you go hmmm…..the new general of the Iraqi Special Operations force lives in Saddam’s old palace. He’s a “good” Iraqi, apparently. I guess the irony of the pose under his own painting is a bit lost on him. A “meet the new boss” sort of picture.

NYT slideshow.

—————

Topping LIFE.com’s 2011 list of Best Photo Blogs, follow us: BagNewsNotes. BAG Twitter. BAG Facebook.

Bag’s Take-Away:
The NYT has found Samar Hassan. She’s the girl from slain Getty photographer Chris Hondos’ checkpoint photo, the image many consider the iconic image of the Iraq war. In this photo, Samar reportedly sees Chris’ photo of her for the first time, seven years later.
The question is: is this not just a little heavy-handed?


Here is  the interview story NYT reporter Ed Wong wrote for BagNews about the original photo-story in honor of Chris with a larger series of photos Hondros took at the checkpoint in Tal Afar that night.  Here’s the link to the  NYT story about finding Samar.
(photos: Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times; PHOTOGRAPH by CHRIS HONDROS / GETTY IMAGES caption 1: Samar Hassan, with a relative, had never seen the photo of her, below, taken after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.)
 —————
Follow us: BagNewsNotes. BAG Twitter. BAG Facebook.

Bag’s Take-Away:

The NYT has found Samar Hassan. She’s the girl from slain Getty photographer Chris Hondos’ checkpoint photo, the image many consider the iconic image of the Iraq war. In this photo, Samar reportedly sees Chris’ photo of her for the first time, seven years later.

The question is: is this not just a little heavy-handed?

Chris Hondros In Iraq


Here is the interview story NYT reporter Ed Wong wrote for BagNews about the original photo-story in honor of Chris with a larger series of photos Hondros took at the checkpoint in Tal Afar that night. Here’s the link to the NYT story about finding Samar.

(photos: Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times; PHOTOGRAPH by CHRIS HONDROS / GETTY IMAGES caption 1: Samar Hassan, with a relative, had never seen the photo of her, below, taken after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.)

 —————

Follow us: BagNewsNotes. BAG Twitter. BAG Facebook.