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«Ich konzentriere mich auf den blanken Horror des Krieges»

Christoph Bangert hat Grausames gesehen, er fotografiert in Kriegen. Im Buch «War Porn» zeigt er nun seine Bilder. Mit Redaktion Tamedia spricht er über die Würde des Menschen und die Ästhetik des Schreckens.

Boris Müller
Ein Mann mit schweren Verbrennungen wartet auf die Versetzung in ein anderes Spital.
Ein Mann mit schweren Verbrennungen wartet auf die Versetzung in ein anderes Spital.
Christoph Bangert
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Outside of the emergency room of the Medical City Hosptital the uncle of a young girl called Sahra is crying. She died during a mass panic on the bridge between Adamiya and Kadamiya. Her father is away looking for her mother, who is missing.Panic engulfed thousands of Shiites marching across a bridge from Adamiya towards Kadamiya in a religious procession Wednesday after rumors spread that a suicide bomber was about to attack, triggering a stampede that killed more than 600 people.
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Outside of the emergency room of the Medical City Hosptital the uncle of a young girl called Sahra is crying. She died during a mass panic on the bridge between Adamiya and Kadamiya. Her father is away looking for her mother, who is missing.Panic engulfed thousands of Shiites marching across a bridge from Adamiya towards Kadamiya in a religious procession Wednesday after rumors spread that a suicide bomber was about to attack, triggering a stampede that killed more than 600 people.
Christoph Bangert
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Haider Hamid, 22, a Sunni Muslim, was tortured and killed. His brother, Mejid Hamid, who runs an Iraqi human rights NGO, says that Haider was arrested by Public Order Brigade forces, a branch of security forces belonging to the Ministry of Interior, along with 13 other men while he was on his way home in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood on April 15. He says that the body was found close to Sadr City in eastern Baghdad and Police brought it to the central morgue, where the family found him. The other 13 arrested men are still missing according to Mejid Hamid. Haider Hamid's body showed signs of torture and his hands were bound with plastic zip ties.The pictures were taken in a house close to the morgue where families bring their dead to wash them and wrap them in white cloth before taking them home and to the cemetery.
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Haider Hamid, 22, a Sunni Muslim, was tortured and killed. His brother, Mejid Hamid, who runs an Iraqi human rights NGO, says that Haider was arrested by Public Order Brigade forces, a branch of security forces belonging to the Ministry of Interior, along with 13 other men while he was on his way home in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood on April 15. He says that the body was found close to Sadr City in eastern Baghdad and Police brought it to the central morgue, where the family found him. The other 13 arrested men are still missing according to Mejid Hamid. Haider Hamid's body showed signs of torture and his hands were bound with plastic zip ties.The pictures were taken in a house close to the morgue where families bring their dead to wash them and wrap them in white cloth before taking them home and to the cemetery.
Christoph Bangert
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Coffins with casulties of the month long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah are dug out of a temporary mass grave that was created after the hosptal's morgues were overwhelmed by the large amounts of bodies and it was too dangerous to hold funerals. The dead are transported to their home villages where they are properly burried in local cemeteries.
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Coffins with casulties of the month long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah are dug out of a temporary mass grave that was created after the hosptal's morgues were overwhelmed by the large amounts of bodies and it was too dangerous to hold funerals. The dead are transported to their home villages where they are properly burried in local cemeteries.
Christoph Bangert
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Iraqi Army soldiers of the 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division found two dead bodies that were dumped on piles of trash at the side of the road just outside Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood.The bodies both had their hands tight behind their backs. One man apparently had been shot in the head. It wasn't clear how the other victim had died, because parts of his body were eaten by dogs. It could not be determined if the men were Sunni or Shia. Iraqi Army soldiers loaded the bodies on a trailer attached to one of the Iraqi humvees and brought them to the morgue.The Iraqi unit was on a mission along with an American MiTT during an early morning raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood. The mission was titled operation 'Thunderball'. Major William 'Dave' Voorhies heads a 14 member strong Military Transition Team (MiTT) that is made up of soldiers of the 1rst Infantry Division and is embedded in the Iraqi 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division of the Iraqi Army.Military Transition Team (MiTT) is a U.S. Army or Marine team that embeds and trains with the Iraqi Army.MAGS OUT;NO SALES
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!Iraqi Army soldiers of the 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division found two dead bodies that were dumped on piles of trash at the side of the road just outside Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood.The bodies both had their hands tight behind their backs. One man apparently had been shot in the head. It wasn't clear how the other victim had died, because parts of his body were eaten by dogs. It could not be determined if the men were Sunni or Shia. Iraqi Army soldiers loaded the bodies on a trailer attached to one of the Iraqi humvees and brought them to the morgue.The Iraqi unit was on a mission along with an American MiTT during an early morning raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood. The mission was titled operation 'Thunderball'. Major William 'Dave' Voorhies heads a 14 member strong Military Transition Team (MiTT) that is made up of soldiers of the 1rst Infantry Division and is embedded in the Iraqi 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division of the Iraqi Army.Military Transition Team (MiTT) is a U.S. Army or Marine team that embeds and trains with the Iraqi Army.MAGS OUT;NO SALES
Christoph Bangert
Ein Mitarbeiter einer afghanischen Sicherheitsfirma nach einem Angriff der Taliban auf einen Nato-Konvoi.
Ein Mitarbeiter einer afghanischen Sicherheitsfirma nach einem Angriff der Taliban auf einen Nato-Konvoi.
Christoph Bangert
Leiche eines afghanischen Selbstmordattentäters.
Leiche eines afghanischen Selbstmordattentäters.
Christoph Bangert
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!
Press image for the book WAR PORN by Christoph Bangert, Kehrer, Heidelberg (May 2014); ISBN: 978-3868284973; http://warporn.christophbangert.com/Please note:These photographs have been copyright cleared for world wide print reproduction only in the context of reviews of the books. No more than THREE photographs plus the cover image from the selection can be used in total Ð they are not to be used on the cover or cropped. THEY ARE NOT TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE!
Christoph Bangert
Iraqi Army soldiers of the 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division found two dead bodies that were dumped on piles of trash at the side of the road just outside Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood.The bodies both had their hands tight behind their backs. One man apparently had been shot in the head. It wasn't clear how the other victim had died, because parts of his body were eaten by dogs. It could not be determined if the men were Sunni or Shia. Iraqi Army soldiers loaded the bodies on a trailer attached to one of the Iraqi humvees and brought them to the morgue.The Iraqi unit was on a mission along with an American MiTT during an early morning raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood. The mission was titled operation 'Thunderball'. Major William 'Dave' Voorhies heads a 14 member strong Military Transition Team (MiTT) that is made up of soldiers of the 1rst Infantry Division and is embedded in the Iraqi 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division of the Iraqi Army.Military Transition Team (MiTT) is a U.S. Army or Marine team that embeds and trains with the Iraqi Army.MAGS OUT;NO SALES
Iraqi Army soldiers of the 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division found two dead bodies that were dumped on piles of trash at the side of the road just outside Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood.The bodies both had their hands tight behind their backs. One man apparently had been shot in the head. It wasn't clear how the other victim had died, because parts of his body were eaten by dogs. It could not be determined if the men were Sunni or Shia. Iraqi Army soldiers loaded the bodies on a trailer attached to one of the Iraqi humvees and brought them to the morgue.The Iraqi unit was on a mission along with an American MiTT during an early morning raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood. The mission was titled operation 'Thunderball'. Major William 'Dave' Voorhies heads a 14 member strong Military Transition Team (MiTT) that is made up of soldiers of the 1rst Infantry Division and is embedded in the Iraqi 4th Battallion, 1rst Brigade, 6th Division of the Iraqi Army.Military Transition Team (MiTT) is a U.S. Army or Marine team that embeds and trains with the Iraqi Army.MAGS OUT;NO SALES
Christoph Bangert
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Ihr soeben erschienenes Buch, das die rohe Brutalität des Krieges in Bilder fasst, heisst «War Porn». Warum der reisserische Titel für dieses sensible Thema? Den Vorwurf, meine Bilder seien pornografisch, höre ich ständig. Natürlich kann man solche extremen Aufnahmen als entmenschlichend oder pornografisch bezeichnen. Ich glaube aber, dass dies bei den meisten eine Ausrede ist, damit sie sich nicht wirklich mit den Fotos auseinandersetzen müssen. Menschen fühlen sich zudem in ähnlicher Weise zu Pornografie hingezogen wie zu Bildern, die Gewalt zeigen. Wir können offensichtlich solche Aufnahmen nicht nicht anschauen. Gleichzeitig haben wir aber ein schlechtes Gewissen, wenn wir es tun.

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