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Jed Conklin August 1, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Iraq.

Camp Mittica, Nasiriyah, Iraq 2008

Jed Conklin (b.1977, United States) began pursuing photography while studying at Western Kentucky University where he received a bachelor degree in both photojournalism and print journalism. His first photography job landed him in Pinedale, Wyoming where he was an intern at the Pinedale Roundup. He later interned at the Concord Monitor, the Jackson Hole News and Guide and would be hired full time at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. In 2007 Jed  started freelancing. He has since worked on projects in Mexico, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Monaco, China, Iraq, Canada and the United States.

About the Photograph:

“Mahdi Fadil kisses his son Husain Mahdi, six, after the child underwent a cleft lip surgery by an Italian team with Smile Train at Camp Mittica near Nasiriyah, Iraq. The blast-wall-surrounded camp near the city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar Province once served as an Italian military base. Now, it houses a mobile hospital and a series of trailers with hospital beds, laboratories, meeting rooms, and classrooms. The visit by Smile Train was the group’s second time at Camp Mittica. On its first visit six months before Iraqis were apprehensive and no girls were brought in for medical care, says Francesca Pacelli, clinical coordinator for the nonprofit group. This time, some 300 girls and boys from across southern Iraq showed up.”