Photographer Interviews


Photographing a Family’s Nine-Year Journey from Iraq to Ohio

July 3, 2017

By Martha T. Moore

© Holly Pickett

In 2015, Holly Pickett photographed Haider Bahar shortly after he became a U.S. citizen, creating one of the key images in her series. Pickett was frustrated by how difficult it was to publish the story.

Holly Pickett was a stranger herself, an American newly relocated to Cairo who didn’t speak the language and had few contacts, when she met a family of Iraqi refugees in 2008. Haider and Shaimaa Bahar had fled Iraq two years before, to escape the violence of the Iraq War and seek medical help for their son, Karar. At four years...

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