Journey 1 - Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan: In March of 2015, I set off to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to begin a new personal project. In the beginning, I thought perhaps it would be a still photography trip only. But just as I left the door, I decided to grab my GoPro kit in case anything interesting happened and I could just film it myself. This is that footage.
Journey 2 - Born from Urgency: My second and longest journey to Kurdish controlled regions of Iraq and Syria. We explore the frontline against ISIS stretching from Shengal (Sinjar) Iraq, all the way to the edge of the Euphrates River in Syria. Without the constraints typical of our mainstream media, this documentary offers a deeply personal and humanizing view of the war.
Journey 3 - Welcome to Raqqa: On my third trip to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), I was able to gain access and embed with Rojda Felat- the General Commander of the SDF’s “Wrath of the Euphrates” campaign to isolate and surround the city of Raqqa, capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed caliphate.
Book Launch - New York City: After much struggle and being banned in 2 countries, my book We Came From Fire: Photographs of Kurdistan's Armed Struggle Against ISIS was finally published and released on July 1st, 2019. The book is first and foremost a photography book with more than 150 medium format portraits, but there are also 50 000 words of journals, maps and historical analysis. You can pick it up at your local book store, online, Amazon Prime, etc. All worldwide shipping links are here:http://www.WeCameFromFire.com