ABOUT IRAQI REFUGEE STORIES
Jennifer Utz (www.jennyjo.com) is a videojournalist who has been covering the Iraqi refugee crisis since the fall of 2006. She was one of the first US-based journalists to highlight the extent of the crisis. Her first report aired on Democracy Now in February 2007. Subsequent reports aired on ABC World News Tonight, France 24, and Current TV.
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GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH: Ilana Panich-Linsman




Ilana Panich-Linsman is a documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography's Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program and also studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Most recently, she attended the 2009 Eddie Adams Workshops, Barnstorm XXII.

Ilana was awarded the Director's Fellowship from the International Center of Photography and was also a finalist at the New York Photo Awards in 2009. In June 2010, Ilana's work will be on display at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany.

She was born in Arizona, but grew up in Western Massachusetts and has lived in New York, California, the UK and Spain. She holds a bachelor's degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California.

More of Ilana's work can be found at her website, http://www.ilanapl.com.

Introduction to the Photographs:
Iraqi refugees living in Jordan are required to register with the United Nations, and may be jailed if they fail to do so. Once registered, they may avail themselves of U.N.-sponsored social services, and their children may attend Jordanian schools. However, the refugees, like other non-Jordanian residents, may not work or even acquire work permits. This has resulted in the exploitation of illegal day laborers and people working at under-the-table, menial jobs. Many Iraqi refugees living in Jordan have been resettled into Western nations, including the United States, but thousands still await resettlement.

PREVIOUS GUEST PHOTOGRAPHERS: Charity Tooze and Zein Salti




Charity Tooze is a freelance journalist and scholar in international affairs.  She traveled to Syria and Jordan in the summer of 2009 to document the plight of Iraqi refugees.  She has since published several articles for Anderson Cooper's website, PBS World Focus, Huffington Post, and she is currently finishing a documentary.  Prior to this project Charity was the executive producer for a television show, Rites of Passage, by and for young women. To find out more about her project on refugees or to donate to her work, you can contact her directly at, charity@charitytooze.com


Zein Salti


Zein Salti began her journey into photography when she was 15.  Zein has published a book about her journey called, My Journey to Self Discovery, which chronicles images she took in Jordan, Lebanon, Africa, and Canada.  In 2007 she participated in a photography competition: "Amman in a Picture." She was nominated as one of the top 40 candidates.  Zein is currently finishing her bachelors degree in Canada.  She is a native of Amman, Jordan.


PREVIOUS GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Jake Price




Jake Price is a New York based photographer who has covered the effects of war and poverty throughout the world.

His work has taken him Kosovo, Pakistan, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Haiti, amongst other countries. For his work in Africa and Kosovo, he worked extensively with the Nobel Prize-winning organisation Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders).

In the summer of 2006, along with Jamie Wellford, senior foreign editor at Newsweek, he launched SeenUnseen, a website and program of slide shows by photojournalism's leading photographers to address important issues that affect out world but increasingly do not receive coverage in the ever-decreasing market for news.

His work appears in Newsweek, BBC online, The New York Times, TIME, The Village Voice, and Le Monde2.

He has exhibited in the Leica Gallery, New York, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, and Alliance Francias, New York, amongst others.

PREVIOUS GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Liz O. Baylen




A native of Ohio, Liz O. Baylen graduated with honors from Ohio University's School of Visual Communications in 2001, and began her career at The Washington Times.

During her five years at the Times, she concentrated on in-depth photo essays, specializing in covering psychological trauma, and in the process, has become a leading chronicler of mental health issues.

Liz left the Washington Times to pursue a freelance career in New York. She quickly developed a client base that included The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, and numerous European magazines.

Her assignments have taken her around the world to locations including Lebanon, Korea, the Caucauses, and Guantanamo Bay. While with The Washington Times, Liz was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her contribution to the staff's coverage of the DC sniper in 2002.

Liz has also won numerous awards for her work, including multiple honors in the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International Competition, as well as the White House News Photographers Association. In November 2007, she joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times. She is currently based in Los Angeles.


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