Al Kamalizad photography

The City That Never Came to Be

In the years following Saddam Hussein’s removal from power, the relative stability in northern Iraq allowed for a surge of economic investment. Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, was dubbed “the next Dubai.”

But in 2014 ISIS advanced into Mosul – an hour’s drive west – and development screeched to a halt

I was in Erbil in 2016 helping produce a film to play before the UN General Assembly. These are photos I made during production.

(14 slides)

non-photography work: here