"Nobody observed and photographed the Kurdish society with more dedication, attention and talent than Twana Abdullah" 

In 2006, three years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Rawsht Twana - at the time just a young man beginning to flirt with photography - was given a large, dusty cardboard box full of pictures and negatives that had been hidden away for more than a decade by his mother in fear of retaliation from Saddam Hussein’s regime, which in the 1980s perpetuated a genocidal campaign against the Kurds.

Inside the box was the photographic archive of Twana Abdullah, Rawsht’s father, an Iraqi photographer who incessantly documented his times, his land, and the life of its people between 1974 and 1992, the year he was killed under uncertain circumstances while trying to calm a political dispute. 

Despite similarities with other personal archives, Twana Abdullah’s work is exceptional due to the variety of subjects he photographed while compiling one of the most comprehensive visual documentations in the recent history of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

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