Ivor Prickett: End of the Caliphate

Upcoming exhibitions and events around Ivor Prickett´s book End of the Caliphate.

Between 2016 and 2018 Ivor Prickett spent months on the ground in Iraq and Syria photographing the battle to defeat ISIS. Working exclusively for the New York Times, Prickett was often embedded with Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces as he documented both the fighting and its toll on the civilian population and urban landscape. The battle to defeat ISIS in the region lasted years, resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and ruined vast tracts of cities such as Mosul and Raqqa. Involving some of most brutal urban combat since World War II, the fall of Mosul was key to the downfall of the Islamic State: soon after the remains of the so-called “Caliphate” began to crumble. Prickett focuses on the human struggles of conflict. Taken on the frontline, his pictures legitimately and compellingly record the experience of being “caught in the crossfire,” whether as a soldier or non-combatant.

He furthermore captures post-war reality while attempting to reconstruct the final weeks of combat: the devastated cities including abandoned corpses of ISIS fighters, and, months later, families searching for missing loved ones, and civilians returning to reclaim their homes and lives.


August 31 - September 15, 2019
Visa Pour L'image festival
L’Atelier D’urbanisme, 45 rue François Rabelais, Perpignan
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm
Free entrance

September 28 - December 15, 2019
Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 11am to 5pm
Free entrance

November 14 - December 8, 2019
Prix Pictet 2019: Hope
V&A's Porter Gallery, Cromwell Road, London
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 5.45am, Friday 10am to 10pm
Free entrance


September 9, 2019 7pm
Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London

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