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UPFRONT: War Photojournalists

The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague is exhibiting the work of 23 photojournalists, many of whom have received a Pulitzer Prize or a World Press Photo award. The exhibition is a stark survey of the lives of people in today's conflict zones.

The name of the project, UPFRONT, refers to the dangerous front lines where these photojournalists work. Their courage enables viewers to witness events unfolding as if they were present themselves. Often, war photographers are freelancers without any institutional support who set out for the most dangerous conflict zones, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Congo, Libya, or Haiti, in order to bear witness.

(WARNING: Some graphic images)
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Abu Sufien, 30, aims his weapon while looking for a target inside a living room of a destroyed building in the Izaa district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 30, 2012.
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Abu Sufien, 30, aims his weapon while looking for a target inside a living room of a destroyed building in the Izaa district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 30, 2012.

U.S. Army Major Megan McLung, 43, takes a photo of the son of one of the most important tribal families in Ramadi, a new ally of the U.S. army in Iraq. One hour after this picture was taken, Major McLung died in an ambush set up with an IED (improvised explosive device). November 2007
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U.S. Army Major Megan McLung, 43, takes a photo of the son of one of the most important tribal families in Ramadi, a new ally of the U.S. army in Iraq. One hour after this picture was taken, Major McLung died in an ambush set up with an IED (improvised explosive device). November 2007

This school was set up by the Italian contingent in Shindand, Afghanistan, where several Spanish soldiers died. A week after it opened, it was damaged by a U.S. air strike. May 3, 2007
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This school was set up by the Italian contingent in Shindand, Afghanistan, where several Spanish soldiers died. A week after it opened, it was damaged by a U.S. air strike. May 3, 2007

A U.S. soldier looks at the body of a suspected Taliban militant who was killed in a coalition missile strike in Zhari district, Kandahar Province, on October 10, 2010. 
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A U.S. soldier looks at the body of a suspected Taliban militant who was killed in a coalition missile strike in Zhari district, Kandahar Province, on October 10, 2010. 

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