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IN THE LIGHT OF DARKNESS: A Photographer's Journey after 9/11
Kate Brooks

Traveling Exhibition Information

Kate Brooks


Eighty-seven (87) archival pigment ink-jet images, matted. All flat prints are presented in black metal anodized frames with Plexiglass glazing. Frames are not wired. Images and sizes as per checklist (available upon request). Digital text panel files are available.

Required Space
Two Hundred and Forty to Three Hundred (240-300) linear feet.

Loan Fee
A moderate loan fee applies to this exhibition and is based on the loan period requested. The participating institution will be required to pay insurance and two-way shipping costs.

Loan Period
6-10 weeks

All tour venues will be contractually required to carry appropriate and adequate wall-to-wall insurance coverage and to provide suitable documentation of such prior to shipment to that venue.

The Exhibition Coordinator of the Southeast Museum of Photography will coordinate and approve all shipping arrangements.

Security, environmental and fire systems required. Facility report must be provided.

The exhibition will be available through 2013.

Kate Brooks: In The Light of Darkness - A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11. Photographs and text. Schilt Publishing (2011).

Juliana Romnes, Exhibition Coordinator. or phone (386) 506-3350.
Southeast Museum of Photography, 1200 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Kate Brooks
Kate Brooks
Kate Brooks' remarkable collection of images…shows us the side of the wars in our post-9/11 world that most of us have missed: the humanity amid the rubble, the pain of those who survive, the agony of the displaced, the trauma inflicted upon women. But what makes In the Light of Darkness even more compelling are the words between the pictures. Kate's story—her journey and transformation in a decade of conflict—is honest and enlightening, and every bit as gripping as her photos.” —Rajiv Chandrasekaran

This exhibition is a collection of photographs and personal essays that chronicle a young photographer’s ten-year odyssey since September 11th. Now, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of those fateful events, Kate Brooks’ perilous journeys through all of the major conflicts in the world in this past decade is recorded in a series of gripping essays and installations. The exhibition encompasses four major regions and conflicts and draws images into chapters about Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Kate Brooks’ images from the past ten years startle us with their immediacy and empathy.


Kate Brooks’ career as a freelance photojournalist began while she was still a Russian studies student at the age of twenty in the former Soviet Union. The project; "Abandoned by the State: Cruelty and Neglect in Russian Orphanages" documented the systematic child abuse in Russian state orphanages and was published worldwide in a campaign for orphans’ rights by Human Rights Watch.

Following September 11th, Brooks moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of US foreign policy in the region and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. In 2003, she covered the American invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the insurgency for TIME. Since then she has photographed the impact of political events and violent conflicts and the daily lives of the civilian populations in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Gaza and Lebanon.

Currently based in Istanbul, Turkey, after several years of being based in Beirut, Brooks has distinguished herself with powerful and engaging coverage and an extended commitment to the long-form documentary essay. She has received numerous international awards including PDN 30, POYI, Lucie Awards, Communication Arts, American Photography. She is regularly published in international magazines and her major clients include Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and UNICEF.

Kate Brooks

  "Some of Kate Brooks' breathtaking images will make you want to turn away…don't. She gives us a window to see the horror and humanity, and even the humour, in the wars of our time. This is also the story of a brave and persistent female journalist who took risks to bring all of us with her on her extraordinary journey."—Lyse Doucet, BBC World News

Official Website
Polaris Images: A Selection of Images by Kate Brooks
Global Assignment by Getty Images: Kate Brooks
The New Yorker: Kate Brooks’s Journey After 9/11, February 24, 2011
The New Yorker: Postcard from Tahrir Square: Kate Brooks, February 4, 2011
The New Yorker: Postcard from from Afghanistan, May 18, 2010
Communication Arts: If It Were Easy More People Would Do It, June 25, 2008
Charlie Rose: A Panel Discussion on Photography and Journalism in Iraq, May 26, 2003

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