Al Kamalizad

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The City That Never Came to Be

Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003. In the following years, the relative stability in the north of Iraq allowed for a surge of economic investment. Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, was dubbed “the next Dubai.”  

But in 2014 ISIS advanced into Mosul – an hour’s drive west – and development screeched to a halt

In 2016 I went to Erbil to help produce a film to play before the UN General Assembly. These are photos I made during production.

(14 slides)



In the days leading up to Super Tuesday 2020, three of the leading Democratic presidential candidates made their way through Los Angeles, vying for California’s 415 delegates.(17 slides)


Democrats in CA

November, 2019: when the candidates were still many and the election was still a year away, the Democratic presidential candidates came through the Long Beach Arena for the California Democratic Pary Fall Endorsing Convention. 

(20 slides)