To find other truths, given the increased quantity of imagery recently available while sensitive to the contested role of the photographer, there are others who have moved into a role not unlike that of an archivist, or a “metaphotographer,” gathering work from people who, from direct experience, may know the most about a situation. Consider, for example, Geert van Kesteren’s 2008 Baghdad Calling, a collection of cellphone images and testimonies from Iraqi refugees that testify to the profoundly unsettling and long-lasting impact of the war on their personal lives.  In this project van Kesteren combines his own photographs with hundreds of cellphone and digital photographs by Iraqi refugees.

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