Nina Berman photos

I know this isn't work by a Middle East photographer, but I stumbled across Nina Berman's photographs recently and found them striking. She has an Afghanistan series, "Under Taliban," (which raises all the usual questions about photographing women in burkas--is she exoticizing? or recording reality?). But more strikingly, she has a series of incredibly disturbing photos of US soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan with very serious injuries. The "Marine Wedding" series--which shows the wedding of a young marine whose face was basically blown off--has won her particular attention. It shows the price some American are paying for this war in a way that we usually avoid doing.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.