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Photographer's Note

This is the Firdos (al-Fardous) Square in Baghdad, one of the main squares of the Iraqi capital, as it looked in July 1970. The mosque is called the 17 of Ramadan, opened in 1938, and in the foreground is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, designed by Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji and placed here in 1959.

But what about Saddam Hussein?

In the early 1980's the arched monument was removed to make way for a giant statue of Saddam, after he had firmly established himself as the dictator of Iraq. That statue made the headlines of world media on the 9 of April 2003, when Iraqi civilians and US soldiers pulled it down and smashed it to pieces.

You probably all remember it, but in case anyone needs to be reminded of that dramatic moment I have borrowed two photos from the web and placed them in the workshop.

My photo may look like it was taken at a very quiet moment, but I found this paragraph in my diary:

"I took a couple of photos at the large square, and this caused a sensation of a kind I had never experienced. It was in fact almost impossible to take a decent photo, partly because of the crowds and the hectic traffic generally, but mainly because we were quickly surrounded and I had dozens of faces staring into the camera."

Obviously this was one of my earliest very quick grab shots in a moment's gap between cars and staring faces.

It was scanned from an Agfacolor CT18 slide.

Don't forget the WS if you want to see this square, and the mosque, 33 years later.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12689 W: 572 N: 24298] (103520)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 1970-07-17
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-28 0:25
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