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UPFRONT: War Photojournalists

The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague is exhibiting the work of 23 photojournalists, many of whom have received a Pulitzer Prize or a World Press Photo award. The exhibition is a stark survey of the lives of people in today's conflict zones.

The name of the project, UPFRONT, refers to the dangerous front lines where these photojournalists work. Their courage enables viewers to witness events unfolding as if they were present themselves. Often, war photographers are freelancers without any institutional support who set out for the most dangerous conflict zones, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Congo, Libya, or Haiti, in order to bear witness.

(WARNING: Some graphic images)

Abu Sufien, 30, aims his weapon while looking for a target inside a living room of a destroyed building in the Izaa district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 30, 2012.
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Abu Sufien, 30, aims his weapon while looking for a target inside a living room of a destroyed building in the Izaa district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 30, 2012.

U.S. Army Major Megan McLung, 43, takes a photo of the son of one of the most important tribal families in Ramadi, a new ally of the U.S. army in Iraq. One hour after this picture was taken, Major McLung died in an ambush set up with an IED (improvised explosive device). November 2007
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U.S. Army Major Megan McLung, 43, takes a photo of the son of one of the most important tribal families in Ramadi, a new ally of the U.S. army in Iraq. One hour after this picture was taken, Major McLung died in an ambush set up with an IED (improvised explosive device). November 2007

This school was set up by the Italian contingent in Shindand, Afghanistan, where several Spanish soldiers died. A week after it opened, it was damaged by a U.S. air strike. May 3, 2007
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This school was set up by the Italian contingent in Shindand, Afghanistan, where several Spanish soldiers died. A week after it opened, it was damaged by a U.S. air strike. May 3, 2007

A U.S. soldier looks at the body of a suspected Taliban militant who was killed in a coalition missile strike in Zhari district, Kandahar Province, on October 10, 2010. 
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A U.S. soldier looks at the body of a suspected Taliban militant who was killed in a coalition missile strike in Zhari district, Kandahar Province, on October 10, 2010. 

Don Carlos, the owner of a car repair shop turned into a “funeral home” in Guatemala City, prepares the body of a murdered man for burial while other funeral organizers watch a comedy show on TV on August 29, 2009. Frequent murders in Guatemala bring a steady flow of customers to such unregulated funeral homes. 
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Don Carlos, the owner of a car repair shop turned into a “funeral home” in Guatemala City, prepares the body of a murdered man for burial while other funeral organizers watch a comedy show on TV on August 29, 2009. Frequent murders in Guatemala bring a steady flow of customers to such unregulated funeral homes. 

Yemeni girls from the Al-Rahma orphanage enjoy a trip to the Fun City amusement park, one of the few places of leisure where women are allowed. Girls live in the orphanage until they get married, as adoption is forbidden in Yemen. April 2011
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Yemeni girls from the Al-Rahma orphanage enjoy a trip to the Fun City amusement park, one of the few places of leisure where women are allowed. Girls live in the orphanage until they get married, as adoption is forbidden in Yemen. April 2011

A man looks at a house destroyed by a government air raid in the al-Izaah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. This district, formerly densely populated, was hit extremely hard due to its position on a hill near a TV station. January 3, 2013 
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A man looks at a house destroyed by a government air raid in the al-Izaah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. This district, formerly densely populated, was hit extremely hard due to its position on a hill near a TV station. January 3, 2013 

Relatives mourn at the home of a Kurdish woman who was killed after visiting the grave of her son in Serekaniye, Syria, on December 31, 2012.
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Relatives mourn at the home of a Kurdish woman who was killed after visiting the grave of her son in Serekaniye, Syria, on December 31, 2012.

A woman carries her dog in front of a weapons store in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on March 11, 2012.
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A woman carries her dog in front of a weapons store in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on March 11, 2012.

One of the participants in the start of Egypt's Arab Spring revolution on Tahrir Square in Cairo, February 2011  
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One of the participants in the start of Egypt's Arab Spring revolution on Tahrir Square in Cairo, February 2011
 

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