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'Collateral damage' Afghanistan – Susan Schulman, 2007

25 September 2008

I took this picture when I was following the RAF MERT services. During the period I was with them, except for two ANA soldiers, all the casualties we picked up were Afghan civilians – and of these, all women and babies.

The field hospital at Camp Bastion was overflowing with Afghan civilians – in fact, we had to take the little boy pictured and the other family members also picked up and being treated in the same chinook to Kandahar base, as there was no more room at Bastion. It affected all of us — not least the medical crew, who found it very very difficult to find themselves dealing with such innocent and, here, tiny victims.

Susan Schulman is an acclaimed, internationally published freelance photographer, based in London. Specialising in editorial and documentary work, she also undertakes work for NGOs and other non-profit organisations, such as the UNHCR/WFP/ICRC.

Her recent assignments have taken her to Chad, working for the Guardian Weekly, UNHCR, and filming en spec for Channel 4 news. Earlier this year she worked on a multi-media, multiplatform media initiative on Congo, her material being broadcast by Channel 4, published by the Guardian/Guardian weekly website and used as part of a season on Congo at London’s Frontline club etc. Another trip is scheduled to Congo for later this year.

In 2007, Susan was in Nicaragua, covering the aftermath of the hurricane, abortion and the Mosquito coast for the Guardian and Guardian weekly website. Sierra Leone, and Namibia covering a variety of subjects ranging from Childbirth, to culture, illegal fishing and the elections. Also Helmand/Kandahar in Afghanistan, where she did a commission on the RAF emergency medical services, for the RUSI journal, and where she also produced a piece on ‘Women and Collateral Damage’.

Her work took her to the Falklands and South Atlantic where she completed a 6 month commission for the RUSI magazine on the deployment of the HMS Liverpool, for whom she also did ‘Portrait of a Company’, following the Dukes of Wellington through their deployment in Iraq.

Susan Schulman has photographed many well-known figures, including Tony Blair, Des Browne, President of Rwanda Kagame, Margaret Beckett, Romeo Dallaire, President Musharraf.

A book featuring Susan’s images produced by Marie Stopes and supported by Marie Claire was launched 16 October 2007.

Exhibition Turquoise Mountain Images, Afghanistan. Maddox Arts, London September 08
Exhibition on Afghanistan. 28/29 November 2007 RUSI, Whitehall
Exhibition Congo : Joint event with DFID Parliament May 08
Exhibition DFID atrium, London, Congo June 08
Exhibition , DFID Atrium, Afghanistan July 08 , show to travel.
‘Congo Stories’, Medcalf Gallery September – November 06
‘Exposed and hungry’, presented by WFP/UNHCR, funded by DFID:
Oxo Gallery ; Royal Albert Hall. Brunell Gallery SOAS, Geneva,.Brussels.
Falklands, Royal Naval Museum. February 2007 – permanent collection

Photographer since 2001, EPUK member since 2008.

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