Author Archives: Kael Alford

About Kael Alford

Kael Alford is a documentary photographer, journalist, and filmmaker, born in Middletown, New York. She has covered culture and conflict in the Balkans and the Middle East for many European and American news publications. Her photography about the impact of the U.S.–led invasion on Iraqi civilians became widely recognized through the exhibition and book Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq (2005). She holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2008–2009. She is currently photographing communities facing dislocation due to massive erosion along the U.S. Gulf Coast in collaboration with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Unembedding War Photography: An Interview with Kael Alford

The Iraq war has certainly blurred the distinction between reporting and waging war, turning information into a strategic weapon. It also triggered the beginning of ‘‘embeddedness’’ as a new military practice of control, first with journalists, but now extended to civilian researchers such as anthropologists. Kael Alford tells us how her ‘‘unembedded’’ project was conceived.