These are some early spreads from the TV Personalities book I'm making for An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street. Al Mutanabbi Street was where the booksellers of Baghdad used to gather, a street that came under increasing threat after the downfall of Saddam Hussein. Then in 2007 it was bombed, its shopkeepers and customers targeted in a celebration of brutality and ignorance.
The pictures are from British Television, and refer to events between 2000 and 2006. The texts are fragments of books I read from 2008 to the present day, little slivers of clarity that provide a narrative to events where there are no heroes, only victims of violence, opportunism and still more ignorance.
It seemed fitting to me that these words, sentences and paragraphs should keep an integrity and provide a context for the TV images - a context that is somehow more perspicacious and truthful than that provided by the original broadcasters at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. You can blow a book to bits, but still the truth will out. That's what I like to think anyway.